The Pentagon explained why Abrams tanks are not being transferred to the Armed Forces of Ukraine
The department emphasizes that the tanks are difficult to maintain.
The United States of America refrains from transferring its own Abrams tanks to the Armed Forces and operational difficulties. In particular, we are talking about heavy maintenance of equipment in combat conditions.
This was stated at a briefing by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Laura Cooper.
According to her, “the Abrams tank, in addition to the fact that it needs a lot of fuel, is quite difficult to maintain.”
“One of the aspects that we look at is the possibilities that this or that technique can offer. But we also have to take into account things like maintenance and preparation, provision also sometimes plays an important role in the cost,” emphasized. she.
Cooper stressed that the transfer of Bradley infantry fighting vehicles is the right decision, because Ukraine “needs tanks.”
Like, this decision points to “the right time for Ukraine to seize its opportunities to change the dynamics on the battlefield – and in terms of maintenance and support.”
Recall that the Pentagon has published the full contents of the military aid package . In particular, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will receive 50 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles along with 500 TOW anti-tank missiles and 250,000 25 mm rounds.