The Armed Forces of Ukraine may receive the first American Abrams tanks as early as this September, informed sources told Politico.
“The plan is to send a handful of Abrams tanks to Germany in August, where they will undergo final refurbishments. Once that process is complete, the first batch of Abrams will be shipped to Ukraine the following month,” the media writes.
In total, the US plans to provide Ukraine with 31 tanks, so one battalion. However, the first batch will include 6 to 8 equipment units, Politico writes. Currently, the partners are working on “as quickly as possible.” However, the source does not specify the exact terms.
The armed forces must undergo a 10-week training course at the Grafenwoehr Army base in Germany before they can use the tanks. According to the plan, about 200 Ukrainian soldiers should finish training by the end of the summer, CBS News previously reported.