Forbes: European tanks will be more useful to the Armed Forces of Ukraine than American Abrams, but worse than Soviet ones

Ukraine has been asking the United States for several months to provide it with Abrams tanks, but the supply of such armored vehicles can be a heavy burden on the Armed Forces of Ukraine and Kyiv's Western allies. The American edition of Forbes writes about this, explaining why European tanks will be more useful for the Ukrainian military.

Abrams tanks are equipped with gas turbine engines that run on aviation kerosene. This circumstance makes everything extremely complicated, since the Ukrainian military will have to carry with them not only diesel fuel for other equipment, but also an unusual type of fuel.

At the same time, the British Challenger 2 and the German Leopard 2, comparable in weight and dimensions, are refueled with diesel fuel, which simplifies logistics. Therefore, using European tanks, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will not need separate tankers and tanks for different types of fuel, which the well-funded US Army can afford. In any case, fuel will have to be supplied to Ukraine from Europe, but it will be one grade, which will reduce the load.

In addition, the Abrams tank is much more “gluttonous” than its European “brothers”. The German Leopard 2 is especially economical, which “eats” almost half as much, but even this tank will bring Ukrainians a lot hassle. However, Berlin refused to transfer its tanks to Kyiv and will not allow other countries to supply such products until Washington provides its MBTs.

It turned out a vicious circle. In general, Western MBTs are 15-20 tons heavier than Soviet-style tanks in service with Russia and Ukraine, which makes them difficult to move along narrow roads and off-road, not to mention other features.
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  1. lord-palladore-11045 (Konstantin Puchkov) 19 January 2023 18: 52
    Interesting clarification, I didn't know that. But let, nevertheless, Abrams be delivered to the ukroreikh - it will be curious.
    1. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
      Just a cat (Bayun) 20 January 2023 08: 46
      where can i get them only? they were discontinued in 1996. the engine and gun are also no longer in production. they only scare taxi drivers with cooks. to drag dozens of tons of "power" through the streets on a tractor for a media effect and that's it.
  2. Vasya 225 Offline Vasya 225
    Vasya 225 (Vyacheslav) 19 January 2023 23: 47
    What will happen tomorrow is a dark matter, but logically now they will not give tanks or they will give little. Now the reinforcement of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be vehicles of the intermediate weight category (Bradley, AMX, CV90, Marder, Stryker, Centauro. Tanks will be later.
  3. Brother Fox_2 Offline Brother Fox_2
    Brother Fox_2 (Brother Fox) 20 January 2023 07: 55
    Abrams GTE is multi-fuel and can run on DF-1, DF-2 diesel and JP-4, JP-5 aviation fuel, kerosene and gasoline, as well as heavier marine fuels, theoretically it can run on anything that burns it specifics of gas turbine engines
  4. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
    rotkiv04 (Victor) 20 January 2023 19: 39
    the states do not need the victory of the outskirts, they need the weakening of Russia, so they will give so much and that which can only prolong the agony 404