Army acquisition chief says last Abrams tanks destined for Ukraine have been produced

By Dan Schere / August 7, 2023 at 11:27 AM

Doug Bush, the Army's top acquisition official, told reporters Monday morning that the last of the 31 M1 Abrams tanks the United States has committed to Ukraine have been produced.

The Pentagon announced in January that it would be sending the 31 tanks to aid Ukraine in its war with Russia. On Monday, Bush said of this initial set of Abrams, the last has been produced and is ready to be shipped.

“They are done. Now they have to get to Europe and to Ukraine, along with all of the things that go with it. Ammunition, spare parts, fuel, equipment, repair facilities. So, it’s not just tanks, it’s the full package that goes with it,” he said.

Bush said “early fall” remains the estimated timeframe for when the tanks will arrive in Ukraine, and Ukrainian forces will be able to use them.