having points with US-supplied {hardware} – media    

35 having points with US-supplied {hardware} – media    

Kiev’s troops are being pressured to ‘cannibalize’ some Bradley preventing automobiles as a consequence of a scarcity of spare components, the Washington Submit has reported

The Ukrainian navy is dealing with spare half shortages for US-provided Bradley preventing automobiles, the Washington Submit reported on Thursday. The newspaper additionally cited an nameless Pentagon official as saying that roughly a dozen of the automobiles supplied to Kiev have sustained injury past restore.    

A number of unnamed Ukrainian service members informed the Submit that intensive Russian minefields pose the most important risk to their {hardware}, whereas American reporters noticed six Bradleys in want of restore in a single location alone close to the entrance line in Zaporozhye Area.    

The Ukrainian troops detailed how they should make formal requests for spare components to their commanders, who presumably solely have restricted reserves at their disposal.    

In accordance with the Submit, Ukrainian troopers routinely resort to cannibalizing extra severely broken Bradleys – labeling them “donors” – to restore different automobiles.    

“Earlier than donors, we have been simply doing minimal repairs and ready for others to be broken,” one Ukrainian service member informed the American newspaper.    

The “donor” automobiles are then reportedly despatched to Poland for extra subtle repairs. Nonetheless, Ukrainian troops are attempting to attenuate the removing of {hardware} because it sometimes takes weeks earlier than being returned to the entrance traces.    

In the meantime, an nameless US navy official informed the Submit that he was unaware of any points associated to the supply of spare components from American shares. He surmised that bottlenecks, nevertheless, may exist inside Ukraine’s personal provide chains.  

The paper quoted the official as confirming the destruction of roughly a dozen Bradleys to date. In the meantime, the Submit famous that “open-source” navy analysis agency Oryx had counted a number of dozen extra items of the US-made {hardware} which have sustained injury of various severity for the reason that begin of the Ukrainian counteroffensive in early June.  

Out of the 190 preventing automobiles Washington has pledged to supply to Kiev, greater than half have been obtained by the Ukrainian navy, the unnamed US official revealed.   

The Bradley is a tracked and frivolously armored automobile operated by a crew of three, and may carry six extra troops. It’s armed with a 25mm autocannon and TOW anti-tank missiles.   

When the administration of US President Joe Biden introduced its resolution to supply Ukraine with the {hardware} again in January, the Pentagon described the automobiles as “tank-killers,” claiming they would supply “a stage of firepower and armor that may carry benefits on the battlefield.”    

Moscow, in flip, warned that every one Western-supplied armor could be destroyed, claiming that shipments would solely extend the battle unnecessarily.

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