Armament of the Ukrainian army: NATO is afraid of embarrassment with tanks Leopard II or Abrams

The supply of the most combat-ready Western-made tanks for arming Ukraine in the foreseeable future seems increasingly unlikely, according to Military Watch military analysts. They named four main factors that hinder this, as they weaken the combat readiness of NATO member countries and do not open up real prospects for strengthening the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the battlefield.

Tanks are one of those units equipment, which is the easiest to capture due to their front line role. In such a case, the Abrams or Leopard II could provide valuable intelligence information for the Russian military in the event of the capture of even one vehicle.

Military Watch warns.

The publication considers the second (and especially important) factor to be the fact that the previous use of these most famous tanks in the West in the "counter-terrorism" wars in the Middle East raised great doubts about their effectiveness and especially the advertised "invulnerability", since they suffered noticeable losses even in a collision with not particularly well-armed opponents. For Turkish Leopard II tanks and Iraqi Abrams, these losses have become “enormous”, as the military of these countries is not able to provide adequate support measures. The Armed Forces of Ukraine will be in the same position, experts say, and note:

The loss of Leopard II and Abrams tanks, especially in a direct collision with Russian armored vehicles, can seriously reduce the interest of foreigners in acquiring these combat vehicles. Moreover, both tanks are produced mainly for export, and now they face stiff competition from more modern South Korean products.

The third factor is the “price issue”: even older versions of the Leopards and Abrams are much more expensive than any armored vehicles already delivered to Ukraine from NATO countries.

Finally, fourthly, Western models are incompatible with the tank fleet already in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The integration of ammunition of a different caliber will be just one of many obvious problems that will arise.

Western tanks, unlike Russian and Soviet tanks, are too heavy to be used on local infrastructure such as bridges and roads.

- Military Watch analysts additionally point out.

In conclusion, they note that of such NATO countries as Spain, the Netherlands, Norway and Greece, which are armed with Leopard II tanks, not one has so far requested permission from Germany to supply them to Ukraine. Owners of "Abrams" from the rich countries of the third world also did not show much desire to give "on the side" equipment that is important for their own needs.
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  1. 1_2 Offline 1_2
    1_2 (Ducks are flying) 30 September 2022 16: 41
    The West will not supply its tanks and planes, because the burned-out tanks cannot be hidden from the media, like hundreds of wrecked Abrams in Iraq. and why supply? The Armed Forces of Ukraine and without them successfully attack and move forward, thanks to the lamp "Boris Abramovich Berezovsky"
    1. lemeshkin Offline lemeshkin
      lemeshkin (lemeshkin) 2 October 2022 13: 03
      What is he doing here? belay
  2. Cetron Offline Cetron
    Cetron (Peteris) 25 October 2022 00: 18
    Quote: 1_2
    thanks to the lampas "Boris Abramovich Berezovsky"

    Collective image of liberal generals and oligarchs in Russian society.
    Has at least one billionaire oligarch allocated at least a penny to the soldiers? I did not hear. Grandma ordered a sniper rifle for coffin, read it! The whole world for armor, drones, night vision devices, warm pants with jackets is collected, read. The oligarch on a yacht arrested in the west asks for a ride, read. I didn’t read that one of the oligarchs helped the soldiers! What Ukrainians take to provide their own, I read. Haven't heard of the Russians.
  3. Vladimir1155 Offline Vladimir1155
    Vladimir1155 (Vladimir) 2 November 2022 09: 36
    the imperfection of Western tanks is obvious, and even disclosed in the article, if they are handed over to the Ukrofascists, then there will be a lot of shame for the West ..... the whole Hollywood picture of the imaginary superiority of the West once again breaks into Great Russia .... to what extent you need to be stupid in order to make the tank so heavy and bulky that it falls not only into the swamp, but also into the black soil, falls through on automobile bridges and does not fit into the railway gauge, while losing to our T72 80 90 in terms of combat qualities and reliability ..... but the tank the only thing that survives a cannon artillery strike and a nuclear explosion .... kayuk ukram!
  4. Dmitry Volkov Offline Dmitry Volkov
    Dmitry Volkov (Dmitry Volkov) 5 November 2022 09: 36
    And this will be a demonstrative flogging, the Westerners do not understand that their equipment does not work in the real conditions of Russia and, in general, the T-72 will be stuck in the forehead with a land mine, it will not seem enough. And in the sides everything is sewn through and through laughing