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US military official: Ukrainians expected to finish training on Abrams tanks by end of summer

by Dinara Khalilova and The Kyiv Independent news desk June 15, 2023 11:09 AM 2 min read
M1A1 Abrams main battle tank fires during Exercise Chong Ju at the Puckapunyal Military Area in Seymour, Australia, on May 09, 2019. (Scott Barbour)
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Ukrainian soldiers will likely finish training on Abrams tanks by the end of summer, a senior U.S. Army Europe and Africa Command official said on June 14, as cited by the Pentagon press service.

The end of the training program will roughly coincide with the scheduled fall delivery of the 31 M1A1 Abrams, pledged by the U.S. earlier.

About 400 Ukrainian service personnel began training on American M1 Abrams tanks in Germany last month.

"The Ukrainians first receive platform training, which includes operating and maintaining the systems they'll be using. Training then progresses to maneuver warfare, including force-on-force, which is as close to real combat as one can get," the U.S. Army official said.

U.S. President Joe Biden announced the decision to send Abrams tanks to Ukraine in late January after U.S. lawmakers' call to give Kyiv the tanks to push Germany to authorize the delivery of German-made Leopard tanks.

Two months later, Pentagon said it would provide Ukraine with 31 M1-A1 Abrams tanks instead of the newer M1-A2 version it had previously promised to speed up delivery.

Compared with Soviet tanks, which Ukraine and Russia currently use on the battlefield, the mobility and firepower of Western equipment could help Ukraine launch more counteroffensive operations.

What will it take for Ukraine to maintain and operate the M1 Abrams?
The Ukrainian military has passed another milestone by starting to master the M1 Abrams, the top-notch main battle tank to be provided by the U.S. According to the Pentagon, some 400 Ukrainians are training for the job at U.S. Army bases in Germany. After many months of deliberations
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