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Ukraine will receive American tanks M1A2 Abrams, the United States plans to transfer 31 tanks, the timing of the transfer is not yet clear. The United States will transfer Abrams M1A2 tanks without secret depleted uranium armor, it is worth noting that if such armor is damaged, it is dangerous to be near the tank without a gas mask. A lot has been said about the Abrams tank today, from laudatory articles to critical ones. Tank version M1A2 Abrams appeared in 1992, after which it was repeatedly improved, the tank participated in many conflicts. In 1991, in Iraq, the tanks of the M1A1 Abrams version performed well, the number of losses of 23 pieces for such a conflict is considered small, the tanks fought in the desert and showed themselves well. The M1A2 Abrams tanks participated in the second conflict in Iraq in 2003, as a result of guerrilla battles, the tanks were vulnerable in urban conditions. Tanks were hit from hand grenade launchers in the turret and side lower part, the upper part of the turret and the vehicle hull were also vulnerable. By the end of 2006, irretrievable losses amounted to 34 tanks, most of them from the use of the RPG-7 grenade launcher. From all this we can conclude that the tank is strong enough in frontal battles in open areas, in a city or wooded area the tank is vulnerable, it is worth noting that any tank is vulnerable in a city. The frontal armor of the tank is multi-layered, in the latest modifications of the M1A2SEP armor of the third generation is used, earlier versions of the frontal armor are vulnerable to anti-tank systems, it is not known what kind of armor tanks in Ukraine will have. The armor of the tank was reflected in its weight, it is 62 tons, in full body kit it reaches 72 tons, special units will be created to evacuate the tanks. The tank is equipped with an independent panoramic thermal imaging sight for the commander and a thermal imaging observation device for the driver, as well as an IVIS combat information and control system. The tank is equipped with a German smooth-bore 120 mm M256 gun, the rate of fire with an experienced loader is 10 rounds per minute, the tank's ammunition is 42 rounds. Tank engine power 1500 hp which allows him to reach speeds on the highway up to 66 km / h. The crew of the tank is 4 people. The average cost of the M1A2 Abrams tank is $6 million.

 

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The Ukrainian army has received American M88A2 HERCULES armored recovery vehicles, one of which has already been seen on video. The M88A2 Hercules military evacuator was adopted in 1997 and based on the popular M88A1 military equator developed in 1975. The M88A2 Hercules tow truck is designed to evacuate heavy military equipment weighing up to 63 tons; in Ukraine, it will be used in evacuation units to evacuate M1 Abrams tanks. Compared to the M88A1, the modifications of the M88A2 strengthened the armor of the front of the hull, installed a more powerful 1050 hp engine. The hull of the M88A2 is welded from rolled steel armor plates. This provides protection for the crew of 3 from fragments of shells and bullets; a 7.62 mm machine gun is used as defensive weapons. The tow truck has a crane with a lifting capacity of 31 tons. Tow trucks were used in military conflicts and have proven themselves well. The mass of the equator is 63.5 tons, the cruising range is about 480 km. The price of the M88A2 Hercules tow truck is about $3.5 million.

 

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Published footage of firing active-rocket shells of the Ukrainian self-propelled guns Panzerhaubitze 2000 of German production. Presumably, the firing is carried out by American corrected M982 Excalibur projectiles with a range of hitting targets up to 57 km, the price of these projectiles is from 50 to 80 thousand dollars. ACS PzH 2000 is considered one of the best, but it also has weaknesses, one of them is the need to maintain the barrel temperature to ensure the declared accuracy and range. When manually loaded, the self-propelled gun has a record speed of releasing the first 3 shells, it takes just 9 seconds.

 

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Footage of the engine launch of the French VAB armored personnel carrier, which is now in service with the Ukrainian army, we previously talked about it. The armored vehicle is equipped with a 6-cylinder Renault MIDR 062045 diesel engine with an HP 300 power.

 

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One of the Ukrainian artillery crews showed the rare 120mm 2B16 Nona-K towed gun they were using. The gun was produced from 1986 to 1989, a total of 188 pieces were produced. The rate of fire of the gun is up to 10 rounds per minute, the range of hitting targets is up to 12,800 meters. According to the servicemen, they took the gun from the museum

 

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Italy and France are ready to transfer SAMP-T medium-range air defense systems to Ukraine, Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni announced this. The SAMP-T air defense system was developed jointly by Italy, France and Great Britain, the complex was put into service in 2006 and is designed to destroy air and ballistic targets. The standard SAMP-T SAM battery includes a command post, Arabel phased array radar, and four to six launchers with eight Aster 30 missiles each. The air defense system is compatible with NATO control systems and can operate as part of a layered air defense system, receiving data from third-party radars or command posts. The SAMP-T air defense system did not participate in battles, but during the exercises it showed good performance, hitting about 85% of targets. The complex was offered to be bought by Turkey, but she chose the S-400 air defense system. The SAMP-T has a high rate of fire, 8 missiles can be launched from a single launcher in just 10 seconds. The range of destruction of air targets of air defense systems is from three to one hundred kilometers. The height of the defeat reaches 25 thousand meters. The SAMP-T complex can detect tactical ballistic missiles at a distance of 600 kilometers and hit at a distance of 35 km. The complex is highly automated and is controlled by 2 operators. The approximate price of the SAMP / T air defense system is about $ 300 million. The complex is in service with several countries, in France it is called the Mamba air defense system.

 

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Footage of the use of Bulgarian-made M60CMA Commando mortars by the Ukrainian army has been published. The M60CMA 60mm mortar is designed for paratroopers and special forces and is suitable for use in difficult terrain. The mortar can be carried by one soldier, since its weight is 5.7 kg, the rate of fire of the mortar reaches 30 rounds per minute. The mortar is designed to achieve the best fragmentation and high-explosive action. Depending on the ammunition, the firing range of the mortar reaches 2250 meters, the minimum firing range is 50 meters.

 

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Ukraine received French fifth-generation Akeron MP anti-tank systems. ATGM. Akeron MP is a portable anti-tank system mounted on armored vehicles with a target range of up to 5 km. Such complexes entered service with the French army in 2017. The complex was designed to replace the MILAN and Javelin anti-tank systems in the troops. The ATGM has three methods of targeting, fire and forget, the second method is to capture the target outside the operator's direct line of sight after the missile is launched, and the third is manual guidance via a two-way fiber optic cable with the possibility of retargeting. The missile has an uncooled infrared homing head, thanks to which the operator does not lose a few seconds before firing, and the missile can be guided repeatedly. According to the test results, the complex was recognized as successful and is considered a rather formidable weapon for tanks and infantry. The ATGM warhead is multi-purpose tandem, depending on the selected mode, penetration of up to 1000-mm homogeneous armor behind dynamic protection, a concrete wall up to two meters thick, or infantry damage by tungsten fragments within a radius of up to 15 meters is declared.

 

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The Ukrainian army began to use, created in a single copy of the BTR-60XM Khorunzhiy, the car was seen on one of the roads. The BTR-60XM was created by NPO Praktika on the basis of the Soviet BTR-60. After the modernization, the engine of the armored vehicle was moved to the front, the vehicle received a new, more spacious hull and in some places Finnish armor of the STANAG 4569 Level 1 class, and mine floor protection was strengthened. Armored vehicle "Khorunzhiy" can serve as a platform for equipment for various purposes, it is equipped with modern surveillance devices, a fire extinguishing and ventilation system. Armored personnel carrier weighing 13 tons, equipped with a 300 hp engine. and develops a speed of up to 100 km / h, the crew of the car is 3 people.

 

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Ukraine will receive JDAM-ER systems to create GPS-guided precision bombs. The Jdam-ER complex was created by Boeing and can be attached to unguided JDAM bombs weighing from 226 to 907 kilograms. After being dropped, the JDAM-ER bomb spreads its wings and, guided by GPS, can glide up to 72 kilometers, tripling the range of the conventional bomb it is mounted on. The Jdam-ER complex is considered a very successful development and is in service with 26 countries. As for the practice of using JDAM-ER bombs in Ukraine, there may be problems with this, the fact is that in order for a bomb to fly 72 kilometers, it must be dropped from a height of 14,000 meters. An aircraft flying up to the front line at such a height will be guaranteed to be shot down by air defense systems, how bombs will be used under these conditions is not yet clear.

 

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Ukraine received English FV432 Bulldog armored personnel carriers. The FV432 armored car was produced from 1962 to 1971, about 3000 armored personnel carriers were produced in total, the car is an improved version of the British FV420 armored car. The car was in service until 1980, and then they began to be replaced with new versions of the BMP. The main purpose of the FV420 armored vehicle is the delivery of soldiers to the place of hostilities, therefore the armament of the armored vehicle is only a machine gun with a caliber of 7.62 mm. The machines were upgraded in 2006 to the Mk3 version, which versions Ukraine will receive is unknown. The upgraded version of the vehicle is equipped with armor up to 15 mm thick in the frontal part and protects the crew from a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun from all sides. The machine is equipped with anti-mine and dynamic protection, but provides protection only from older versions of ATGMs and RPGs. The upgraded version of the machine can be equipped with several types of anti-tank systems. Armored vehicle weighing 15 tons, with a 240 hp engine, speeds up to 52 km / h, with a cruising range of up to 580 km. The crew of the car is 2 people and 10 landing people.

 

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Ukraine will receive the SurveilSPIRE intelligence system, the system is supplied by Rheinmetall in cooperation with the Estonian company DefSecIntel on behalf of the German government. The SurveilSPIRE reconnaissance system is used to monitor large areas, it includes special towers equipped with day and night cameras. The system also has reconnaissance drones for patrolling the territory. The installation itself is built on a platform for a car trailer and is powered autonomously from solar panels, it is worth noting that solar panels are an element that unmasks the system. The SurveilSPIRE security system transmits information to the operator via the Starlink cellular and satellite communication channel. The system includes ultra-fast mini-drones that can carry out unmanned reconnaissance in various conditions. 3 people can install and maintain the system. The cost of the complex is not reported, but it is more than 10 million euros.

 

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Training of Ukrainian crews of armored vehicles M2 Bradley USA. Footage of the training of Ukrainian soldiers in Germany by American instructors has been published, the military personnel use the M2A2 ODS-SA Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, which will be transferred to the Ukrainian army.

 

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The Ukrainian army began to actively use Panthera T6 armored vehicles, a column with it was seen by eyewitnesses, it also became known that one vehicle fell into the hands of the Russian army in the north of Bakhmut. The Panthera T6 light armored personnel carrier was developed by Minerva Special Purpose Vehicles, located in the UAE. Armored vehicles came to Ukraine in December, with ready-made pixel camouflage, the customer of the vehicles is unknown. The Panthera T-6 armored personnel carrier has a modular design and is built on different chassis, including the chassis of a Toyota 79 series car. The armored covering of the car provides passengers with protection from bullets and is able to withstand the detonation of two hand grenades or mines under the floor. The interior of the vehicle is equipped with dual air conditioning, it can be modified to accommodate various combat equipment and four stretchers. In the basic version, the armored vehicle does not have weapons, but you can install a machine gun or a light combat module. The car is equipped with surveillance and monitoring systems and can accommodate 8 people. The gross vehicle weight is 3200 kg, the maximum speed is about 165 km/h.

 

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The Ukrainian army began to use a rare Dozor-B armored car, one of the armored vehicles was seen at the front. The Dozor-B armored personnel carrier was developed by the Kharkov Design Bureau and first introduced in 2004, after which it was repeatedly upgraded. The machine is produced under license in Poland under the name "Oncilla". The armored vehicle is designed for special forces, patrol and reconnaissance operations. The development of the car was not easy, the Ukrainian armor of the brand "71" was replaced by the Polish one due to difficulties in production, after which cracks were found in the car. The vehicle's armor protects against armor-piercing small arms bullets and is reinforced from the inside with layers of Kevlar ballistic fabric. The bottom of the machine has a cylindrical shape to provide protection against mines. The armored vehicle is equipped with air conditioning and filters with protection against radioactive dust and biological weapons. Various remote-controlled combat modules can be installed on the armored vehicle. Their armament may consist of a 12.7 mm machine gun, a 30 mm grenade launcher and a 130 mm Barrier anti-tank missile system. The car can have 5 different engines and has a speed of up to 90 km/h. The crew of the car is 3 people and 8 landing people. The price of the Dozor-B car, in 2014 prices, is about 80 thousand dollars

 

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Footage of the training of Ukrainian soldiers on French AMX-10RC heavy armored vehicles has been published, a video about these armored vehicles is available on the channel. Earlier it was reported that the AMX-10R wheeled tanks can be used not only in reconnaissance but also in frontal attacks of the army, which is quite a risky occupation due to their thin armor of these vehicles. Reportedly, the first French AMX-10 armored vehicles have already appeared in Ukraine.

 

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Footage of the preparation and launch of a self-made kamikaze drone of Ukrainian servicemen. The drone is equipped with ammunition from the RPG-7 grenade launcher, the technical parameters of the Ukrainian drone are not reported.

 

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Slovakia handed over the first batch of MiG-29 fighters to Ukraine. Poland promises to transfer another 20 MiG-29 aircraft to Ukraine. Thus, the Ukrainian Air Force will be armed with 33 MiG-29 fighters after the Polish deliveries. Meanwhile, the command of the Ukrainian Air Force is not very happy with the supply of Soviet-made aircraft. Despite the supply of aircraft, Colonel Yuriy Ignat, a representative of the Ukrainian Air Force, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said they would like to receive more modern aircraft. Which planes are not reported, bat Ukraine was negotiating the supply of French Mirage 2000 aircraft and American F-16s.

 

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Training of Ukrainian crews of German Leopard 2 tanks. Ukrainian servicemen showed footage of training their crews on Leopard 2A4 tanks. The video was filmed at the Spanish NATO training ground in San Gregorio near Zaragoza. Let me remind you that several countries promised to transfer Leopard 2 tanks of modifications 2A4, 2A5 and 2A6 to the Ukrainian army.

 

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Tests of a self-made ground-based kamikaze drone of Ukraine. Ukrainian craftsmen showed a homemade robotic platform that performs the function of a ground-based kamikaze drone. There are no technical details of the project, as can be seen from the video, the drone is armed with a warhead consisting of a TM-62 anti-tank mine. Apparently, the vehicle will stealthily approach armored vehicles and undermine the warhead under the bottom of the vehicles. The drone has all-wheel drive to improve terrain patency.
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