“The world saw this last summer east of Kharkiv, when Ukraine smashed through a thinly guarded line of Russian troops and rushed east, gobbling up ground as Moscow’s retreat turned into a rout.
There is every chance that could happen again, if heavy tanks such as Challenger II and perhaps German-built Leopard II gifted by Poland and Finland could be combined with the armoured infantry fighting vehicles recently promised by the US, France and Germany.
These vehicles were designed for the Cold War, when they were expected to fight against the exact same kit Ukraine faces today.
That kit – in particular the T-72 tank, albeit in service with the Iraqi army – was decimated by the US Bradley infantry vehicle in Operation Desert Storm of 1991. Washington is sending 50 Bradleys to Ukraine.
The Western vehicles have been upgraded many times over since then, with better optics, protection and weapons. The same cannot be said for the Russian kit.
Comment: IMO The emergence of a well-integrated Ukrainian armored force of good tanks, IFVs, armored infantry to go with them, and heavy supporting artillery would be the doom of the Russian “army” and its riff-raff allies. pl