Military support to Ukraine: 31 M1 Abrams Tanks

Share This Post

The provision of military aid to Ukraine is a complex issue that can have various political, economic, and military implications. This includes the supply of advanced weapons systems like M1 Abrams tanks.

For some representatives, the cost of supplying the tanks could be a concern. Most in congress are supportive of aid Ukraine, however, many of them think there are also other pressing issues. They believe our limited resources deserve to be examined and prioritized. Others may worry about the possibility of escalating conflict with Russia. After all, Russia annexed Crimea and supported separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. Providing military aid to Ukraine could be perceived as provocative and potentially lead to an increase in violence. Additionally, some believe that military aid is not the most effective way to support Ukraine. They may advocate for other forms of assistance, such as economic aid or diplomatic pressure on Russia, as a means of addressing the ongoing conflict.

I firmly believe America must demonstrate leadership and resolve in facing Russian aggression in Europe. This means supporting our allies in their time of need with a full spectrum of military, diplomatic and economic options. Included in military options is providing weapons and training. The United States should stop playing political hot potato with materiel. We should furnish, without delay, major weapon systems like the M1 and other complimentary systems. This materiel support sends a strong and clear message to Russia. And, it does so without the Unted States being directly involved in armed conflict. In the meantime, we wait on the slower diplomatic and economic sanctions to work.

Is the U.S. Simply Disarming Itself?

Many Americans object to arming Ukraine in this dispute. They fear with China aggression growing, we could be depleting our own stores of weapons at the worst time. I understand that concern. However, our last active major engagement was about 15 years ago. People should also understand that weapons and ammunition do have a shelf life. Further, the public doesn’t actually know what our stores are. As a sitting Congressman, I will also be very concerned about making sure the United States is fully equipped to face pressing global threats. I would also possess the knowledge and experience to make such judgments. The US’s M1 Abrams tanks will provide Ukraine tactical maneuver and fire superiority and speed an end to this conflict.

What you need to know about the M1 – The Cons

The US’s M1 Abrams tanks are heavy and highly armored vehicles. They are designed for use in high-intensity conflicts. However, their weight and size can also make them difficult to use in certain battlefield conditions. They require large clearances for maneuvering, and their tracks can become bogged down in soft terrains such as mud or sand. Additionally, their fuel consumption and maintenance requirements are high, making it difficult to sustain operations over extended periods. Furthermore, the tank’s large size makes it an easier target for enemy forces. The M1 Abrams performs well in open terrain, where its mobility and firepower can be fully utilized.

Another challenge in using M1 Abrams tanks is the threat from anti-tank weapons. The tanks’ armor provides significant protection, but advanced anti-tank missiles can penetrate it. Additionally, the tanks’ size makes them vulnerable to improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which are a major threat in asymmetric conflicts. The cost of the tanks, including procurement, training, and maintenance, is high. This can limit their deployment in certain scenarios. In modern warfare, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other reconnaissance assets, combined with the increased accuracy of indirect fire systems, can also pose a significant threat to armored vehicles like the M1 Abrams. So, the tanks must be supported by other elements of the military, such as infantry, air defense units, and electronic warfare assets.

The Pros

THE PROS-The M1 Abrams main battle tank is best tank to ever engage in modern battle and will make quick work of anything the Russians send to the front. The M1 is equipped with a 1500 horsepower Lycoming Textron gas turbine engine coupled to an Allison hydrokenetic transmission with four forward and two reverse gears. Its tactical cruising range is approximately 275 miles. Despite its weight, the M1 can attain a top speed of nearly 45 miles per hour with the governor on…and is capable of far greater speeds. Its main gun is a 105mm :/52 M68A1 rifled gun. The M1 also has a .50 caliber M2HB heavy machine gun. Then, there’s all the targeting and communications equipment onboard. In the right hands, the M1 is arguably the greatest weapon system to ever be used in ground warfare.

How Will the Russians Respond?

The Russians must recall recent history when M1’s devastated the 3rd largest military (Iraq) in the world in 100 hours during Desert Storm. I’d give the Russians odds that they would last about 50 hours if hypothetically, US troops were behind the wheel and guns. Now, if the Russians are lucky, they will last about 100 hours with the combat ready and equipped Ukrainians behind the wheel and guns. Quite frankly, the Russian military will not be able to dig a hole fast enough or deep enough to survive any fight with the M1. Send M1s to Ukraine now and put a quick end to the war.

Scroll to Top