Media, new US aid package on Friday, the Abrams will not be there
A new comprehensive US military aid package for Kyiv will be announced at the meeting of the Contact Group on Ukraine in Ramstein, Germany on Friday. This was reported by Biden administration officials quoted by Politico. The package, which will also include armored fighting vehicles, likely the Strykers produced by General Dynamics Land Systems, was not supposed to include the M1 Abrams tanks, the US Army’s 60-ton main battle tank.
Washington’s reluctance, officials said, is due to the Abrams’ logistical and maintenance difficulties, rather than concerns that their delivery to Ukraine could lead to a further escalation of the conflict. In this regard, US officials have noted that Washington has so far helped Kyiv supply Soviet-era tanks and has advocated sending about a dozen British Challenger 2 tanks, which are not even included in the army’s tactical missile system have penetrated.