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US working to speed up delivery of Abrams tanks to Ukraine: White House

US working to speed up delivery of Abrams tanks to Ukraine: White House
Having tanks ready, training, providing supplies are challenges, says John Kirby

By Servet Gunerigok

WASHINGTON (AA) - The US is working to provide Ukraine with Abrams tanks "faster than previously expected," the White House said Tuesday.

"So, we're working on that. There's some changes that you can make to the process to sort of speed that up," National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told the MSNBC network.

President Joe Biden announced in late January that the US will send 31 M1 Abrams tanks.

But Kirby said there are challenges with the tanks, with Washington not having "a lot of them just sitting on the shelf" and training how to use them.

"Just for instance, the basic training on the Abrams tank for American soldiers is 16 weeks long, and that's just the basic training on how to operate it.

"Then you have to know how to maintain it. And then you have to have a supply chain setup to actually keep the parts and supplies going while you're in combat while you're fighting and why these tanks are no doubt going to be taken some hits. So, there's a lot that has to be considered when we get them in advanced system," he added.

source: News Feed
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