Ukraine Stops Use of US-Supplied Tanks Due to Russia Drone Surveillance

According to two US military sources, one reason Ukraine has temporarily pulled its U.S.-supplied Abrams M1A1 battle tanks out of its war with Russia has to do with Russian drone warfare, which has rendered them too vulnerable to surveillance and attacks.

The US military uses the highly modern and powerful Abrams M1A1 as a main combat tank.

The M1A1 Abrams tank, which debuted in 1985, is an upgraded variant of the first M1 Abrams. It has better armor, a 120mm smoothbore cannon, and other enhancements.

In January 2023, after a months-long vigorous campaign by Kyiv, the United States decided to supply 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine. The tanks, valued at around $10 million each, were crucial to its capacity to drive the Russians back.

Russian surveillance and hunt/kill drones have been prevalent, significantly altering the battlefield. Since Russian drones can easily see and pursue tanks, protecting them has become more of a challenge for Ukraine.

Due to Russian assaults, five out of the thirty-one tanks were recently destroyed.

The United States has officially acknowledged that it is supplying long-range ballistic missiles called ATACMs. These missiles would enable Ukraine to launch strikes deep into Russian-occupied territory without having to advance, which would leave them more vulnerable to drone detection or strengthened Russian defenses.

The US military and other nations use the controlled surface-to-surface ballistic missile system known as ATACMS, which stands for Army Tactical Missile System. The missile system has a considerable range.

According to one military official, the Ukrainians have not implemented strategies that may have enhanced the effectiveness of the tanks. Drones pose a serious danger.

In January 2023, the US announced it would provide Ukraine with Abrams tanks. Ukrainians began training at Germany’s Grafenwoehr Army base to operate and maintain the tanks. In combined arms combat, the tanks are used by infantry soldiers, air assets, and offensive firepower from above to coordinate the advance of armored forces.