Ukraine is in a shortage of weapons, most of Europe and the United States are not building a single tank
Ukrainian tanks under attack (Video image: Russian Defense Ministry Press Service/AP/Aflo)
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“Tanks and armored vehicles” whose number is not enough for reversal offensive
A year and a half has passed since Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine began, and the Ukrainian military’s large-scale counteroffensive has finally begun.
Although the Ukrainian forces struggled against the strong Russian defense line, they broke through the first line of defense near Zaporizhia in southern Ukraine in late August. Send.
However, what is worrisome is the “lack of weapons” due to the long-term war of attrition, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been appealing to the Western countries, which have come to aid, to provide “more weapons and ammunition.”
Among them, AFVs (armored fighting vehicles) such as tanks and armored vehicles seem to be in short supply. In the first place, due to the rapid expansion of the army, which is ready to respond to war, there is a situation that sufficient AFVs have not been assigned to each unit.
In addition, the lack of air superiority (air superiority) due to its weak air force has resulted in more losses than expected due to attacks by Russian fighter planes, attack helicopters, and drones.
The West, which supports Ukraine, also wants to send AFVs one after another, but with the end of the Cold War, the production line for tanks and armored vehicles was drastically reduced or canceled, and as a result of the large number of weapons possessed by the country’s military, the number of AFVs has increased. cannot be provided immediately.
Even the United States, the world’s largest arms producer, currently does not build a single tank. The US Army currently has about 2,600 M1 tanks deployed in combat, and more than 2,000 are kept in inventory. If necessary, they are taken out of the warehouse, maintained and repaired, and then sent to their own country or for export.
In other words, even in the west, where many of the world’s most advanced industrialized nations stand side by side, they are unable to mass-produce tanks and armored vehicles immediately, so they are surplus “used vehicles” that have been shelved until now and are surviving the emergency. of.
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