US tanks are failing in the war against Russia, while Moscow calls them “empty tin cans.”

The highly touted Abrams tanks from the United States, which were deployed to the battlefield to support Ukraine, are apparently not living up to expectations. In practice, they are proving to be little superior to the older Soviet tanks they were supposed to replace, reports the Telegraph.

According to reports from Ukrainian crew members who spoke to CNN, the tanks are not as robust as hoped. One crew member with the call sign Joker reportedly said: “Its armor is not sufficient for this moment. It does not protect the crew. In fact, this is the war of the drones today. When the tank moves out, they always try to hit it.”

The Abrams tanks were originally equipped with “secret” uranium armor, but the US replaced it with a modified version using Chobham armor, a ceramic and steel composite developed in Britain in the 1960s. The move is said to have been made out of concern that the uranium armor could fall into Russian hands.

The crews see the main problem in the fact that the Abrams tanks were designed for advances with air and artillery support, which Ukraine unfortunately does not have. The Telegraph reports that Russia continues to make intensive use of drones in its attacks, against which the Abrams tanks have little defense.

Add to that engine problems and electrical failures in rain and fog due to internal condensation. According to the report, Ukraine has quietly withdrawn some of its Abrams tanks from the front line to avoid the drone threat.

The tanks’ inability to live up to their reputation as one of the world’s most powerful was quickly exploited by Russia, which has described the tanks as “empty tin cans.”

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