Witness – The capabilities of the German tank “Leopard” and the American “Abrams” | News

Witness – The capabilities of the German tank “Leopard” and the American “Abrams” | News
Witness – The capabilities of the German tank “Leopard” and the American “Abrams” | News
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25/1/2023|Last updated: 1/25/202305:36 AM (Makkah)

It is expected that the United States and Germany will officially announce today, Wednesday, their decision to provide Ukraine with the “Abrams” and “Leopard” tanks, which are among the best tanks in the world, after months of discussions.

What are the capabilities of the Leopard and Abrams tanks, and what are their most prominent characteristics? Providing Ukraine with them is expected to be a turning point in the course of the war that Russia started 11 months ago.

German Leopard tank

The German “Leopard 2” tanks, which are present in about 20 countries, are among the best tracked in the West, and have been in service since 1970.

It is considered one of the main battle tanks, and its maximum speed is about 70 kilometers per hour.

One tank weighs more than 60 tons, and it is equipped with a 120-millimeter cannon, and it can hit targets from a distance of up to 5 kilometers, in addition to being equipped with an anti-aircraft gun.

The Leopard 2 is described as the perfect combination of protection, mobility, maneuverability and firepower, and is equipped with smoke grenade launchers.

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The American Abrams tank is equipped with a jet engine that runs on kerosene like planes (Reuters)

American Abrams tank

A main battle tank that entered service in 1980. It is characterized by accurate target hitting and speed. It is also equipped with a jet engine that runs on kerosene like airplanes, and its engine power is 1,500 horsepower.

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The tank contains protection systems made of steel and depleted uranium, to resist explosive materials.

Its weight ranges between 69 and 73 tons, and its maximum speed is 68 km.

It is equipped with a 120 mm cannon and 3 machine guns, and the effective range of its cannon is 4 km.

And if its tank is filled with diesel, it can travel about 280 km, and it can accommodate a team of 4 people.

It is used by 9 countries, while the US Army has the latest version.

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