The United States will remove secret equipment from Abrams tanks transferred to Ukraine in order to prevent it from falling into the hands of the Russian military.
It is reported by USA Today
According to US officials and military experts, this is a necessary precaution in case the Russians seize one of the vehicles and use it to analyze US technology.
“It may or may not give Russia the opportunity to test and find vulnerabilities,” said Colin Smith, a Russian military expert at the RAND think tank.
As with other weapons, the US government is sending cut-down versions of its tanks to foreign nations. The Pentagon is reserving its best opportunities for US troops. The problem with sending Abrams tanks to Ukraine is the possibility of one falling into Russian hands on the battlefield, according to officials and experts.
For the war in Ukraine, the tanks were painted green, different from the brown coloring for combat in the deserts of the Middle East.
The publication also states that Abrams tanks “will not participate in the first spring offensive.”
We already wrote that Ukraine will receive from the United States an improved version of the M1A2 Abrams tanks in export configuration, but without secret additional equipment – an armor element based on depleted uranium .
Earlier, the United States stated that in order to speed up the process of transferring Abrams tanks to Ukraine, the US Department of Defense could take older refurbished models .