Michael Akopian, a researcher in the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security, a Washington think tank, told VOA that the Bradley offers many tank-like capabilities but is much simpler to operate and maintain. “A Bradley could be better than a tank, in a way, because of the maintenance,” Akopian said. “We're dealing with diesel motors on these instead of the really complicated, turbine-like engines that the Abrams tank has. It’s easier to maintain and it's easier to keep it clean.
“The last thing that you want is to have a brand-new Abrams tank that gets stuck somewhere and you can't move it because you don't have the logistics infrastructure in place right now.”The Bradley, according to Akopian, “is a good compromise between everything that they need while also being realistic about the challenges that the Ukrainian military does face."
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