Moscow, January 26 – Retired US Army Col. Douglas McGregor said on the Judging Freedom YouTube channel that the US M1 Abrams tank has “a lot of problems.”
Earlier, US President Joe Biden announced the transfer of 31 M1 Abrams tanks to Kyiv. He explained that the military assistance would be accompanied by supplies from other countries.
As one of the main problems, McGregor called the gas turbine engine installed on the tank. “This is a disaster. Because of the fuel consumption, and the presence of mud and sand and other things—this engine is designed for aircraft, for use at 15,000 feet, not on the ground. So we’re this turbocharged engine on a tank that accelerates the vehicle to 50-60mph in a sprint direction.” “.
According to him, this is not the required indicator of a tank for success on the battlefield.
He also cited US Deputy Secretary of Defense Colin Kahl’s recent statement that “the M1 is a very wasteful machine, has high maintenance requirements, and is too complex for the Ukrainians to help.”
“The M1 Abrams has a lot of problems — I don’t think people want to see it in action for fear of embarrassment,” said McGregor.
The M1 Abrams is an American main battle tank that has been in production since 1980. It is in service with the US Army and Marine Corps, as well as the armed forces of Egypt, Australia, Morocco and a number of Middle Eastern countries. Named after General Creighton Abrams. Currently, the M1 Abrams is one of the heaviest tanks, its combat weight exceeds 62 tons.
Russia has previously sent a memorandum to NATO countries over the supply of weapons to Ukraine. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov indicated that any shipment containing weapons to Ukraine would become a legitimate target for Russia. The State Department said NATO countries were “playing with fire” by supplying arms to Ukraine. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov indicated that pumping Ukraine with weapons from the West does not contribute to the success of the Russian-Ukrainian negotiations and will have a negative impact.