Ukraine Is Training on U.S. Military M1 Abrams Tanks

Ukraine Is Training on U.S. Military M1 Abrams Tanks

THE SIGNAL

The M1 Abrams main battle tanks (MBT) that President Joe Biden pledged to Ukraine in January arrived at the Grafenwoehr Army base in Germany on Monday, slightly ahead of schedule.
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Tank crews and maintainers from Ukraine will begin to train on the vehicles in the next two to three weeks.
It could still be several months, however, before the MBTs are actually deployed on the battlefield in Ukraine.
“We are doing everything possible to accelerate the delivery of these tanks, and early fall is a projection,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee last Thursday.
During that hearing, Sen. Susan Collins (R‑Maine) pressed Austin to move quickly to get the tanks to Kyiv’s forces as soon as possible.
“It is critical that the administration provide Ukraine with what it needs in time to defend and take back its sovereign territory,” she said. “We expect the administration not to wait until the 11th hour if the Ukrainians seek more before the end of the fiscal year …

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