In late January, the US government announced the delivery of 31 M1 Abrams main battle tanks to Ukraine. Ukraine should receive Abrams tanks in autumn.
U.S. Defense Department spokesman Pat Ryder announced the department’s decision in Washington on Tuesday. Kiev is to receive the M1A1 Abrams tank variant – replacing the new M1A2 variant.
This will help to significantly reduce delivery times and send tanks to Ukraine in the fall. Asked what the timetable would have been otherwise, Ryder said the government initially did not commit to a timetable. According to the government, it may take more than a year for the tanks to become available.
However, Washington has already insisted that these will take “several months” to arrive in Ukraine. The US government had previously argued that it did not consider it prudent to deploy the battle tank for various practical reasons. In the end, however, Washington surprisingly pivoted.
National Security Adviser to the President of the United States, Jack Sullivan, issued a statement shortly before President Olaf Schaalz’s visit to Washington. Germany made the supply of American tanks a condition for the commitment of German Panther tanks. The central government denied it.
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