The armored fist of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has been replenished with 31 vehicles, a slightly simpler version of the Abrams M1A1, but it is much more widespread in the US Army, experts write.
At the end of September, the United States officially announced the delivery of a battalion of Abrams M1A1 tanks to Ukraine. Now social networks have shown cars somewhere on the front line. A military man with the call sign “Balu” reported this on his Telegram channel.
At first, experts assumed that the United States would transfer Abrams M1A1 tanks in the FEP version to Ukraine, which were decommissioned by the Marine Corps. However, from the photographs it became known that the Ukrainian Armed Forces received a simpler, but mass-produced version of the Situational Awaraness (SA) vehicle. The US Army had about 650 M1A1SA vehicles.
The difference between the Abrams M1A1FEP, M1A1SA and M1A2 tanks is small, Forbes writes. All their systems are the same, except:
- The M1A1SA does not have a data link for programmable ammunition;
- M1A2 has a 3rd generation thermal imaging sight for the gunner and commander, M1A1s have only one 2nd generation thermal imaging sight for the gunner;
- The M1A1SA has a different launcher than the FEP for the M257 smoke grenades, not the M250;
- The M1A1SA has a commander’s thermal imager on the machine gun mount.
US laws require that all export Abrams be shipped unarmored with uranium, so the APU almost certainly received tungsten armor.
Let us recall that President Vladimir Zelensky said that Ukraine received too few Abrams to play a critical role at the front.
On September 25, Zelensky announced that the Abrams tanks, which the United States allocated for the Ukrainian Armed Forces, have been in Ukraine for several days.