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Congress: US military has no Abrams tanks for Ukraine – Reuters


“The army currently has no tanks that could be deployed or sent to Ukraine,” Wallander said.

According to her, the United States is trying to speed up the transfer of tanks to Ukraine, but it will still take about a year and a half. The Pentagon spokeswoman also added that the funds allocated by Congress are sufficient to implement current plans to supply arms to Kiev, but did not rule out the possibility of increasing the budget.

Earlier, the Pentagon announced that the 31 Abrams M1A2 tanks promised to Ukraine would be built and not removed from inventory. This is probably due to the fact that the United States does not have stocks of the export version of the tank, which does not contain depleted uranium armor elements. Unlike, for example, secret communication equipment, which is also prohibited for export, cutting a piece of armor from a storage car will not work.

Similar concerns have been raised about the British Challenger-2, which is equipped with Chobham armor elements.

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