- Oct 12, 2021
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The West getting to field test and perfect their new military hardware against a near-peer opponent is a very good argument for supporting Ukraine from a terrible source (antiwar.com, really, are we supposed to be the hippies now?).
They did a display of captured NATO weapons before last August in their Russian Arms Expo.Oh yeah.
So things that arnt very high end.
They probably wish they had a HIMARS
They displayed a Bayraktar Drone and an M777 Howitzer, both apparently reconstructed from captured bits and bobs or otherwise fabricated. There was also a Humvee!!!, a Saxon Armored Ambulance and assorted small arms. We will see if this new display will surpass the old presentation.Also on display are the inferior 'war trophies' that Russia has obtained from its three day plus Special Military Operation in Russia which feature a rebuilt Bayraktar TB-2 Drone and a US Made and Russia destroyed (then reconstructed) M777 Howitzer.
Not seen however is the M142 HIMARS MLRS (much inferior to the BM-30 Smerch) that the Ukrainians apparently sold to the Russians.
Looks like 2-3 tank battalions of Leopard 2 and 3-4 mechanized battalions of varied models.There is so much noise the past few days on the Leopard tanks that I'm still not sure what it is going on. This seems to be a reasonable collation of what's the MBT situation is at the moment though.
For now. That's the first shipment. There will be more. With the logistical demands of Abrams, that's particularly major.So,169 tanks if they send it all.Including 30 Abrams.USA really do not want let Ukraine win.
So Poland went full IKEA mode, huh?For now. That's the first shipment. There will be more. With the logistical demands of Abrams, that's particularly major.
Also past controversy apparently has cleared up in an interesting way:
Considering the above, what are the chances of Ukraine buying Gripen post-war?Overall, the air war in Ukraine seems to point to future air war being a mixture of First and Second World War experience. Heavy SAM presence has largely restricted air activity to the frontline, which itself is largely static thanks to preponderance of guided munitions and other threats making large-scale maneuvers on the open extremely risky.
Wonder if they are Germans of Russian descent.