Ukraine needs to get about 100 tanks for breakthrough, experts say

17 January, 12:11 PM


Ukraine needs to get about 100 tanks from its partners to launch a breakthrough in the war against Russia, UK newspaper the Guardian reported on Jan. 16, with reference to experts at the International Institute for Strategic Studies or IISS.

Experts at the IISS, asked how many main battle tanks Ukraine needed for a successful offensive, said last week they believed the answer was “around 100,” a figure broadly endorsed by Phil Osborn, a former UK chief of defense intelligence.

However, according to IISS, the figure depends on proper training, a good supply of spares, and what Ukraine’s battle plans are for the spring of 2023.

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The experts at the IISS also say it could take three to six weeks for Ukrainian soldiers to achieve “basic proficiency” in using German Leopard 2 and British Challenger 2 tanks.

Earlier, UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace confirmed his country would transfer a squadron of 14 Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine.

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