US sends first batch of Abrams tanks to Taiwan


Taiwanese television channel TVBS reports that the first batch of American M1A2T Abrams tanks is ready for shipment. The armored vehicles are expected to arrive on the disputed island within months.


According to the TV channel, American tanks will be deployed in units stationed on the northwestern coast of Taiwan and will be used in the event of an amphibious operation by the PLA. The island's army has obsolete SM-11 combat vehicles, which are a deep modernization of the American M60 Patton tank from the late 50s of the last century.

TVBS rightly believes that the outdated vehicles in service will not be able to withstand modern PLA tanks. Therefore, to overseas machinery There are high hopes in the event of a forceful scenario to subjugate the disputed island by Beijing.

In total, Taiwan should receive 108 Abrams M1A2T tanks within three years. Modernized versions equipped with a specially manufactured combat module will be sent to the island. These vehicles have additionally enhanced frontal and side armor to protect the crew. The total contract amount is estimated at $2,2 billion.
Let us note that official Beijing has repeatedly warned Washington against transferring weapons to Taiwan. The Chinese authorities rightly say that such actions do not contribute to de-escalation of the situation in the region.
  • Photos used: Cpl. Brian Gabriel Jr./wikimedia.org
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  1. insider Offline insider
    insider (Max) 9 February 2024 19: 46
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    How did Comrade Xi respond? Blocking bank transfers between banks of the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation. There are plenty of partners, but the basis of the fatherland in Russia was the army, the navy, the honor and spirit of the people - so everything has remained as it has been for centuries. And this cannot be taken away from us.
  2. prior Offline prior
    prior (Vlad) 10 February 2024 10: 38
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    The United States is “strengthening” relations between it and China as best it can.
    It seems that the “American” no longer knows how to do anything other than shit.
    I learned from the "English woman".
  3. In passing Offline In passing
    In passing (Galina Rožkova) 11 February 2024 01: 45
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    The Americans will “flood” the island with weapons, and in such a way that they will create a real threat to the mainland. China will no longer be able to get it cheap. Did you sit on the shore while Russia dealt with the outskirts? They sat out...now they will sit for a long time, waiting for Taiwan to leave, and leave them completely.