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In Taiwan, they named the directions that are going to cover the American tanks M1A2 "Abrams" from "a possible invasion of the PLA"

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When Taiwan and the United States signed a supply contract for the Taiwanese armed forces 108 tanks M1A2 "Abrams", then the speech was mainly about the need to "contain the assault groups of the PLA (People's Liberation Army of China), which may invade the island."


The Taiwanese command noted that American-made tanks will be deployed in "the most dangerous directions from the point of view of a probable invasion." We are talking about the west coast of the island.

Today, the Taiwanese side clarifies that with the help of tanks they are going to "protect" from the Chinese army the airports of Kaohsiung (south-west of the country) and Tainan, port infrastructure (at least 2 ports) and north-west areas - closer to the capital (Taipei city) ...



Taking into account the fact that the Taiwanese army is removing from service some other armored vehicles at its disposal (including the well-worn M41 tanks in various modifications), it turns out that the "most dangerous areas" of the Taiwan army is going to cover those very 108 Abrams tanks, purchased from the United States.

If we apply simple arithmetic, it turns out that in each of the indicated directions, the Taiwanese troops will be able to place a maximum of 21-22 tanks - that is, approximately two tank companies.

And if the PLA suddenly really decides to invade Taiwan and even (hypothetically) use only those directions that have been determined in Taiwan itself, then these tank companies will not be able to prove to be a serious resistance to the PLA. Moreover, the logic of the Taiwanese command looks somewhat strange. On its basis, they are going to cover the Abrams with the western coast - which is geographically closer to the PRC. As if the PLA did not have the resources for a hypothetical invasion from other directions, including the east coast ...

In principle, even if the command of the Taiwanese Armed Forces decided to disperse a hundred tanks to other territories of the island, then something unintelligible would come out - “dispersion” of armored vehicles, which would not have led to an increase in the country's security level. In such a situation, the purchase of hundreds of tanks from the United States looks more like a PR campaign and investment in the American military-industrial sector than a real strengthening of security.
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  1. Evil 55
    Evil 55 20 May 2021 16: 28
    +2
    Taiwan-island .. what directions are we talking about?
    1. Cat Alexandrovich
      Cat Alexandrovich 20 May 2021 17: 01
      -2
      A tunnel will be dug for their tanks, for example. Space, again, is being mastered. M. b. and teleportation. The Chinese are still fun.
    2. Leeds
      Leeds 20 May 2021 17: 08
      +1
      Landings of the Marine Corps. In general, nothing will help there.
  2. Flashpoint
    Flashpoint 20 May 2021 16: 31
    +4
    With such success, the M41 should not be written off, but + camouflage + decoys should be used as firing points. At least something.
    The Taiwanese army itself is very small in number, the weapons are really outdated in many ways.
    It's better not to even compare with the PRC ...
  3. Anachoret
    Anachoret 20 May 2021 16: 33
    +2
    here, tanks are waving as a sign of vaunted solidarity with NATO, and not for the sake of real defense)
    1. Ruslan Sulima
      Ruslan Sulima 20 May 2021 17: 25
      +1
      here, tanks are waving as a sign of vaunted solidarity with NATO, and not for the sake of real defense)

      By the way, you can put Ukrainian KRAZs
    2. antivirus
      antivirus 20 May 2021 18: 21
      +1
      In such a situation, the purchase of hundreds of tanks from the United States looks more like a PR campaign and investment in the American military-industrial sector than a real strengthening of security.

      - friends get to know in trouble - pays fast - support. safety is a myth. gl - intentions.
      China from all points will land the marines, where the airborne forces are not allowed.
      The PLA can close all radars and embrasures for 4 million vests.
      the main thing is to hold back for a while so that the Philippines and Guam are not immediately captured (they understand that there will be no limited war)
  4. Oleg Aviator
    Oleg Aviator 20 May 2021 16: 38
    +1
    Think it will help?)
  5. Thrifty
    Thrifty 20 May 2021 16: 53
    +1
    Taiwan needs to massively purchase anti-tank systems, because the Chinese have a lot of tanks, they can burn abrashek from turntables!
    1. Servisinzhener
      Servisinzhener 20 May 2021 17: 26
      +1
      It is highly doubtful. It can only help prolong the resistance for a day at best, if at all.
  6. Aleksandr97
    Aleksandr97 20 May 2021 16: 55
    0
    Placing 108 M1A2 Abrams tanks on the island will certainly not change anything, even 1080 tanks will not change much. But if the United States announces the deployment of delivery vehicles and nuclear weapons itself in Taiwan, this can be considered a direct - a clear threat and act casually with the transition to real hostilities on the part of the PLA!
    1. Ruslan Sulima
      Ruslan Sulima 20 May 2021 17: 29
      +2
      But if the United States announces the deployment of delivery vehicles and nuclear weapons itself in Taiwan

      Here you are angry, it's good that there are still people who understand that such actions are fraught with a big tryndet.
  7. Evil troll
    Evil troll 20 May 2021 17: 22
    0
    Something over Taiwan the clouds are gloomy.
  8. Ruslan Sulima
    Ruslan Sulima 20 May 2021 17: 23
    0
    Well, judging by the fact that Taiwan is an island, they are going to protect from the sea
  9. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 20 May 2021 21: 42
    +1
    Abrams is an excellently protected anti-tank self-propelled gun.
    Abrams was created to defend against attacking Soviet tanks.
    Not useful ...
    Now, maybe it will come in handy from the Chinese tanks.
  10. isv000
    isv000 20 May 2021 22: 26
    0
    We must pay tribute to the striped ones - they know how to sell scrap metal to the natives for good money ...
  11. Bogatyrev
    Bogatyrev 21 May 2021 01: 14
    +1
    An invasion of Taiwan requires appropriate foreign policy prerequisites when the benefits of such an invasion outweigh the costs.
    If these prerequisites appear, the PLA already has sufficient means to suppress any resistance in Taiwan - with or without the Abrams.