Forbes: Engine filters of Abrams tanks transferred from the United States to Ukraine require cleaning twice a day

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Forbes: Engine filters of Abrams tanks transferred from the United States to Ukraine require cleaning twice a day

Transferred by the United States to Ukraine Tanks M-1 Abrams require regular, complex maintenance, otherwise the machines may simply break down at the most inopportune moment. The author of an article published in the American magazine Forbes warns that MBTs of a rather old M-1 modification produced in the USA can fail at any time, for example, due to too fragile engine filters. It turns out that they need to be cleaned at least twice a day, which is quite difficult in conditions of intensive combat use of armored vehicles.

Abrams filters may turn out to be the biggest headache for the Ukrainian military

- says a journalist specializing in writing materials on military equipment.



Twice a day, the tank's crew must rev the engine to activate the pulse jet system, which blasts air and debris out of the rear grille. Moreover, this procedure must be performed in idle mode. Neglecting regular cleaning of fragile filters can lead to serious engine damage, after which only long-term repairs in Poland will help, warns the author of the article. Partly for this reason, the US Army kept a third of 3000 Abrams in reserve during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq in order to carry out prompt replacement and maintenance in rear repair shops.

In addition, the expert continues, Abrams tanks are considered one of the most voracious in terms of fuel consumption. At the same time, it is best to refuel them aviation fuel, which creates another difficulty for the Ukrainian Armed Forces in operating these armored vehicles.

The expert calls the M-1A1SA Abrams modification, 31 units of which were sent to Ukraine, not the best among the American MBTs of this version. The only advantage of the 1 M-1A2006 is that “there are a lot of them.” To date, the US Army has about 650 of these 67-ton armored vehicles. Moreover, the Pentagon plans to decommission them over the next two years, replacing them with more modern M-1A2.

And this is kind of “good” news for Kyiv, because it is easier for the United States to transfer old MBTs that have become unnecessary to Ukraine than to engage in their conservation or disposal. However, this may also be a problem due to the opposition of Republicans in Congress to the Biden administration’s plans to provide military assistance to foreign countries, not only to Ukraine, but also to Israel.

But even if the White House manages to overcome the resistance of Republican congressmen, Kyiv should not expect a quick delivery of a significant number of Abrams. For example, it took Morocco four years to receive all 222 M-1A1s it ordered in 2016, the Forbes article concludes.
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  1. +4
    30 November 2023 12: 35
    They are no stranger to scrubbing glasses...
    1. -1
      30 November 2023 12: 41
      Another attempt on VO to copy Western cheap articles about the poor state of American military equipment has already become boring.
      Any weapon has disadvantages, and an antidote can be found for any weapon (except perhaps nuclear weapons), so the problem with filters is not worth not sending tanks to Ukraine because of it. In the end, they can fire from a static position if problems arise with the filters.
      1. -4
        30 November 2023 13: 30
        Another attempt on VO to copy Western cheap articles about the poor state of American military equipment has already become boring
        Ritter on vacation needs to ratify the “experts”
        Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, out of 3000 Abrams, a third was kept in reserve in order to carry out operational rotation and maintenance in rear repair shops.

        It was for this reason that the Abrams carried out a 600 km raid through the DESERT where there was a lot of sand. Probably there were bases for rotation there)). Another “Expert” of the WOT level.
    2. +11
      30 November 2023 12: 44
      All this is nonsense. In any case, these Abrams were given to them in piece quantities, which cannot affect anything. What they are, what they are not, serviceable or efficient. The biggest headache for our people is artillery and shells, but the Ukrainian Armed Forces have no problems with this.
      1. +2
        30 November 2023 12: 48
        No problem, boys tap the filters on the fence, blow and spit, and put them back on again. wassat
        1. +6
          30 November 2023 14: 07
          To clean the filter, as I understood from the article, you need to press the button and start cleaning it. So the problem is not worth a damn.
          Twice a day, the tank's crew must rev the engine to activate the pulse jet system, which blasts air and debris out of the rear grille.
          1. -4
            30 November 2023 16: 00
            So the problem is not worth a damn.


            Well, how can I say... In modern conditions, on the front line, seconds often count. And here you need to stop and while the procedure is going on, be a decoy. To carry out this operation safely, instead of combat work, it is necessary to engage, at a minimum, in searching for shelter, and at maximum, take the tank to the rear, and so on twice a day. And the rear may be far away, but driving back and forth is, again, a motor resource...
            1. +4
              30 November 2023 17: 38
              Quote: Pavel_Sveshnikov
              To clean the filter, as I understood from the article, you need to press the button and start cleaning it. So the problem is not worth a damn.



              And judging by this photo, there are at least three cassettes that need to be cleaned.
              1. +3
                30 November 2023 18: 11
                Pay attention to where the dust is while the tank is moving:


                And here (on the left fender) is the engine air intake
            2. +5
              30 November 2023 17: 59
              In modern conditions, on the front line, seconds often count. And here you need to stop and while the procedure is going on, be a decoy.
              Do you think that the tank is in non-stop motion 24/7? Maybe in some army there are tanks that can not stop for days and refuel on the go, but people still need to take “bio-breaks”.
    3. -4
      30 November 2023 14: 30
      Quote: Alien From
      They are no stranger to scrubbing glasses...

      No kakol can stand it twice a day, because it requires hard work!
    4. 0
      1 December 2023 21: 18
      Apparently, it is easier for the Ukrainian Armed Forces to return them back.
  2. +7
    30 November 2023 12: 37
    Wherever you point the “beautiful” tank...
    Why didn’t they write that you still need to carry a tractor behind it in order to pull it out of puddles?
    1. +2
      30 November 2023 12: 50
      The tractor is fully equipped with Abrams. Kakelam was installed in the basic version, without tractors. they will pull oxen if anything happens lol
      1. +2
        30 November 2023 13: 06
        what kind of oxen? the oxen are drunk and harnessed laughing
  3. +3
    30 November 2023 12: 38
    And if Abrams is planted with a grenade from a quadcopter in this filter.....?
  4. AUL
    +5
    30 November 2023 12: 39
    The author of the note is, apparently, Kirill Ryabov?
    1. 0
      30 November 2023 20: 40
      I quickly skimmed through the article, but couldn’t find the author’s name.
      Maybe you are right, Kiryl Rjaboff...
      Joke. laughing
  5. +2
    30 November 2023 12: 44
    Therefore, the head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, proposed replacing them with German “leopards” in a ratio of 1 to 4, or is it because one “Abrams” was successfully destroyed near Avdiivka? recourse
    1. +2
      30 November 2023 12: 54
      Quote: oleg-nekrasov-19
      Therefore, the head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, proposed replacing them with German “leopards” in a ratio of 1 to 4, or is it because one “Abrams” was successfully destroyed near Avdiivka? recourse

      Yesterday, too, information came across that the mattresses were planning to take their Abrams from the Banderlogs and replace them with Leopards. They say they get stuck and freeze and the Russians “offend” them.
      It's a pity that I didn't save the link to the source. It seems like it was on a “war chronicle”. winked
    2. +4
      30 November 2023 13: 14
      Abrams and Challengers were simply sent to stimulate Europeans to send their leopards. They sent it, well, that’s it, the distribution is completed, you can take your tanks back. Looks like a scam
  6. 0
    30 November 2023 12: 44
    Well, it turns out that the filters need to be cleaned twice a day, and they are gluttonous and consume aviation kerosene, but there are a lot of them in the United States, which should please the Ukrainian side. It feels like the expert is already putting straws under possible losses, including and for technical reasons under the Abrams delivered to Ukraine.
    1. 0
      30 November 2023 12: 53
      Tell the truth about the straw.
      Then they will say so if there are losses - like the boys didn’t clean the filters, so Abrashki was burned and the evil Russians burned it.
  7. +1
    30 November 2023 12: 45
    The result is a very tender and voracious prodigy. I wonder how things are going with jet fuel in 404? We seem to regularly remove fuel and lubricants warehouses.
  8. +1
    30 November 2023 12: 45
    So stop. It seems like they used to say that the Americans do not make new Abrash buildings, but remodel and modernize existing ones. The article says that there are 650 pieces of junk that they plan to replace with a new modification. What's the result?
    1. 0
      30 November 2023 12: 51
      As a result, they will leave the old armored hull. Will replace armor packages with uranium filler and inner lining)
      1. +1
        30 November 2023 13: 00
        This is understandable, but then what is called junk in the article and seems to be supposed to be sent to Ukraine? If they don’t plan, well, it’s still the same, manufacturing new cases.
  9. -2
    30 November 2023 12: 47
    Even a one-time supply of all 650 Abrams will not solve anything. Is it just that hemorrhoids will be added to other ailments?
  10. 0
    30 November 2023 12: 53
    Very interesting.. Don’t they need to polish the tracks?) That is, if ours hit the Abrams, the Americans will say that it was damaged “due to the lack of polish on the tracks.”
  11. +1
    30 November 2023 12: 55
    This has already happened somewhere. Some guys were already into wunderwaffe. As a result, the price tag was prohibitive; for one panther it was possible to produce two fours, for one tiger - three. Yes, and since then. There were problems with reliability. And with maintainability too. It even got to the point that for average repairs, all this wealth had to be transported back to the Reich. But the TTB reports about the “destroyed hordes of Soviet tanks”, holders of the Knight’s Cross, the so-called. tank aces - that's something. They left nothing for their artillerymen, sappers, pilots, and infantry. And plus Russian randomness and carelessness. I read somewhere here that in three months in 44, the Red Army lost more tanks and self-propelled guns than from EVERYTHING just drowned in rivers and swamps
    Luftwaffe. I wonder how the Red Army got to Berlin?
    1. +4
      30 November 2023 13: 25
      Can you imagine yourself as a commander of a Soviet TA? Just imagine, at the start of a serious offensive operation you have 1000 tanks. (actually your TA. attached regiments/divisions and marching reinforcements) How much will you lose before the end of the operation?

      The correct answer is 2670. The fact is that those who drowned or tore the gosling with a stump, or even not with a stump, but from the influence of the enemy, they all fell into the clutches of the repair and evacuation service. And she turns back in combat-ready condition. 1000-2670+R= 430 (this is how much you will have left by the end of the operation out of a thousand with losses of 2670).
      1. -1
        30 November 2023 16: 22
        Quote: Vadim Topal-Pasha
        Can you imagine yourself as a commander of a Soviet TA? Just imagine, at the start of a serious offensive operation you have 1000 tanks. (actually your TA. attached regiments/divisions and marching reinforcements) How much will you lose before the end of the operation?

        And this depends on how the operation is completed. wink
        If it’s like at Senno and Lepel, then all of them are irrevocable, all damaged and most of them technically faulty and being repaired.
        If, like Rotmistrov in the summer of 1943, then all irrevocable + most of the damaged ones.
        Well, in 1944 it was all non-returnable + part of the damaged ones (recognized as unsuitable for restoration or gone for spare parts).
    2. +1
      30 November 2023 16: 15
      Quote from: lukash66
      Yes, and since then. There were problems with reliability. And with maintainability too. It even got to the point that for average repairs, all this wealth had to be transported back to the Reich.

      And on the other side of the front, at the same time, a tank brigade on the march from the station to the front (50-60 km) could lose up to 50% of its equipment for technical reasons. About the maintainability of Soviet tanks of that time, Marshal BTV Fedorenko wrote the following (comparing them with the Valentine and Sherman):
      The indicated tank models compare favorably with the domestic ones in terms of ease of operation, significantly increased overhaul life, ease of maintenance and current repair, and at the same time their armament, armor and mobility make it possible to solve the whole range of tasks put forward by armored forces ...

      I ask you to consider a set of measures for the speedy improvement of the design of domestic tanks, so that in terms of guaranteed mileage, ease of operation, repair and maintenance, they can be compared with the best foreign models ...

      And yes, no Abrams can compare with the domestic KV: when driving along a country road, it was necessary to clean the air filters every 1,5 hours of engine operation, regardless of the mileage.
      Quote from: lukash66
      I read somewhere that in three months in 44, the Red Army lost more tanks and self-propelled guns than from the ALL Luftwaffe, drowned in rivers and swamps.

      The tender love of domestic tank crews for water was noted back in 1941 - near Moscow, one of the squads in late autumn managed to plant almost all of the KVs participating in the attack into swamps and ponds.
      1. 0
        1 December 2023 07: 10
        Quote: Alexey RA
        And yes, no Abrams can compare with the domestic KV: when driving along a country road, it was necessary to clean the air filters every 1,5 hours of engine operation, regardless of the mileage.

        It was enough for both the KV and the Abrams to acquire anti-dust snorkels.
  12. +1
    30 November 2023 12: 59
    Any capricious equipment supplied from abroad must have trained technicians and spare parts with equipment to replace them. Otherwise, it is just PR or a disposable toy.
  13. +11
    30 November 2023 13: 09
    Well, kerosene.
    So the T-80 also runs on kerosene. And it also requires 100% air purification before entering the turbine.
    1. +3
      30 November 2023 13: 16
      Quote: sanya_sergant
      Well, kerosene.
      So the T-80 also runs on kerosene. And it also requires 100% air purification before entering the turbine.

      Actually, on the T80 they are multi-fuel, in the absence of kerosene, you can throw in a thread of another. Secondly, in addition to filters, there is a system for cleaning turbine blades. And thirdly, OUR aviation kerosene is a little different.
      1. +9
        30 November 2023 14: 32
        I’ll tell you a secret that our aircraft engines are also multi-fuel. And if there is a lack of aviation kerosene, you can also pour what you have into the tanks. And the plane will even start and fly, but what will happen to the engine later, after completing the task, is too long a story.
        I think it’s the same picture with the T-80.
      2. 0
        30 November 2023 20: 06
        Actually, on the T80 they are multi-fuel, in the absence of kerosene, you can throw in a thread of another.
        as well as Abrams, T-72/90, Leopard-2, K2.
        Multi-fuel capability has become almost a mandatory requirement for modern tanks
  14. 0
    30 November 2023 13: 25
    As I understand it, if the enemy (Russians) don’t shoot at the Abrams, then this is the most-most-super tank in the world. Austin, he tearfully asked - Russians, don’t go hunting for Abrams, they can break. As for the filters, in winter in Ukraine you can In general, completely forget about the filter, Ukraine is not Iraq, snow is falling from the sky and not quartz dust. drinks Which the VSU officers will do 100%.
  15. +3
    30 November 2023 13: 28
    The M1 did have problems with the filter and ventilation unit. In Iraq, in the sandy desert. On the march. Is 404 also a desert already?
  16. +2
    30 November 2023 14: 13
    pressing the gas twice a day is that a problem? The problem is that the Nazis will again have more tanks in their arsenal, and not bad tanks that will shoot at our soldiers from 120 mm cannons..
  17. -3
    30 November 2023 14: 41
    The engine filters of the Abrams tanks transferred from the United States to Ukraine require cleaning twice a day.

    Yes, the ukrovoyaks have their hands grown in the wrong place, so that the abrashas have filters for me... fool It’s easier for them to ride and ruin American equipment. And say that there was a bomb in the filter from the drone... wassat
  18. 0
    30 November 2023 14: 57
    Partly for this reason, the US Army during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq
    A similar level of dust in Ukraine can only be in the summer, we should not forget about this
  19. -4
    30 November 2023 15: 25
    We found something to scare! For these people, cleaning European toilets is a national occupation... and American filters are a matter of manure!
  20. +3
    30 November 2023 15: 44
    Forbes: Engine filters of Abrams tanks transferred from the United States to Ukraine require cleaning twice a day

    The headline is loud, but from the text of the article it is clear that we are talking about changing the gas at idle a couple of times a day.
  21. -1
    30 November 2023 18: 21
    I don’t understand, what does “fragile” have to do with it and how does it relate to the need to clean it often?
  22. ASM
    +2
    30 November 2023 18: 32
    increase engine speed to start the pulse-jet system

    This is not even the main problem for Kvou Gtu - they suffer from “fat”. When dry leaves or sand fly into your engine, it’s okay, but when particles of rich black soil regularly get into the Kvoe, then you can blow it out to a very limited extent. And it turns out that the time between each “purging” is inexorably and quickly reduced. You need to do the washing, otherwise it’s a kayak, and the washing needs to be done in a prepared workshop and with special solutions. You can, of course, wash it with an aerosol of kerosene or white spirit, but such an amateur activity will only flare up once or twice.
    1. 0
      1 December 2023 23: 51
      Isn't sand in the motor a problem? The filter only catches part of it, as I understand it, and the further it goes, the worse it does.
  23. 0
    2 December 2023 06: 57
    In the summer, of course, you can get dirty with dust and other things, but in the winter, when there is snow all around and fields, the air there will be cleaner than city air. What is the pollution coming from?

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