No ‘silver bullet’: Military experts consider how Western tanks could help Ukraine’s defenses

As Russia’s warfare in Ukraine rages on, the necessity to provide Kyiv with Western tanks has come more and more into focus.

Whereas 1000’s of armored automobiles have been destroyed on each side, Ukraine is generally utilizing older Soviet-era tanks to carry off Moscow’s offensive, and so they’re working out.

Kyiv sees tanks as essential to breaching Russian traces and launching an anticipated counteroffensive within the 11-month-old battle. However although tanks can play a vital position, analysts have advised Euronews they will not be the game-changer one would possibly anticipate.

“It is not a miracle remedy. It is not going to drastically change the course of the warfare,” stated Johannes Anderson of the Swedish Protection Analysis Company.

“Additionally, at a tactical stage, they rely solely on close-in assist from infantry preventing automobiles.”

Germany’s Leopard 2s are in service with most European armies and continental NATO forces, making provides available and the tanks simpler to restore.

A primary battle tank is a fascinating addition to a battalion made up of lighter tanks such because the French AMX-10 RC and US infantry assist car Bradley, each of that are attributable to be delivered to Ukraine.

However Western analysts and specialists from the Ukrainian military stated the qualities and shortcomings of Russia’s newest tanks are nonetheless unknown.

“There isn’t any motive to imagine that Western tanks will likely be far superior to Russian tanks,” Andersen added.

“They are often good at various things. So it is also a matter of context and the way you employ them.”

In keeping with navy specialists, the Ukrainian military would want greater than 500 tanks to make a distinction on the battlefield.

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