How Ukraine could use Brit Challenger 2 tanks to spearhead counter attack to end ‘bloodiest battle’ & humiliate Putin
UKRAINE could use the new British Challenger 2 tank to lead a counterattack that would eventually end the “bloodiest battle” of the war in Bakhmut.
Russia achieved success in the key city called “Bakhmut . Fortress” – but their progress has stalled as their soldiers are now facing a “festival of carnage”.
The battle in the city – once home to more than 70,000 people – has raged for nearly seven months and has seen some of the fiercest fighting since. by Vladimir Putin invasion.
Trench warfare, hand-to-hand combat and “meat grinder”-style deaths have characterized the bloodshed – compared to combat seen in World War 1.
But after blocking the enemy’s advance, it is believed that Ukrainians may be ready to launch their long-awaited counterattack.
And it was suggested new Challenger 2 battle tank could be an important part of this innovation push.
Liberating the city and driving out the Russians would be a great shame for Putin.
The Challenger 2 main battle tank has now arrived in Ukraine – and it is expected that after the final training, they can soon join the frontline battle.
War analysts at Conflict Intelligence Team said the main goal of the counterattack would be to “unblock” Bakhmut.
And they believe Ukraine will be keen to use their new armor, especially the Challenger 2s.
“These vehicles are already present on the territory of Ukraine under the use of the Ukrainian military and may be used in combat in the nearest future,” the team wrote in their situation report on August 1. March 28.
“We assume that the main goal of the Ukrainian counter-attack will be to unblock Bakhmut.”
The Challenger 2s were hailed as “diamonds” and “monsters” by Ukrainian tankers when the crews arrived in the UK to train with them on a three-week course in the Salisbury Plains. .
“I think it’s the best tank in the world,” said one Ukrainian.
And one of two units in the UK for training on the Challengers – 80th Air Assault Brigade – is holding positions just outside Bakhmut, reports Forbes.
Meanwhile, the second unit was stationed about 40 miles north of the key city – so it was unclear if they would be able to participate in the battle.
“These amazing machines will soon begin combat duty,” Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
Ukraine has long built a new effort to try to defeat Putin.
Oleksandr Syrskyi, commander of Ukraine’s ground forces, said this week that could happen “very soon”.
US General Mark Milley this week described Bakmut as turning into a “festival of carnage” for the Russians.
“They are suffering a large number of casualties in the Bakhmut area.
“Ukrainians are causing a lot of death and destruction to these guys.”
Ukraine is buying time for their counterattack – but continues to call for more weapons.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said they continued to need more weapons before they could enter eastern Ukraine.
Meanwhile, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace warned this week that Ukrainian crews still need training to operate the Challenger 2.
“There is still a considerable amount of training to undergo before Ukrainian forces are ready to use them in battle,” Wallace said.
Russia is also optimistic about the arrival of British tanks.
Putin’s spokesman vowed that the tanks would “burn like the rest” when they arrived in Ukraine.
But despite their battle talk – Russia is said to have lost more than 170,000 men along with 3600 tanks.
And it is believed that Putin is churning out outdated tanks – some as old as the late 1940s – to try to replenish his forces.
The old Sun Online is do exercise with the mighty Challenger 2 tank in February.
Major Nick Bridges gave us a tour of the guided car, which weighs 64 tonnes and costs £4.2 million.
“Like a boxer in the ring, Challenger 2 can hit and keep fighting, while other tanks in the world can be taken down after a round,” Major Bridges said.
Major Bridges explains the stable movement of the tank on an advanced suspension that allows for more precise firing from the main gun.
And he revealed its smart exhausts allow heat to be better dispersed around the fuel tank, making them harder to detect by infrared cameras.
The 1,200 hp tank’s 120mm cannon can be armed with armor-piercing projectiles that fly towards the enemy at 4,250 mph.
It can also be equipped with high-explosive bunker shells that can blow up light vehicles or enemy entrenched positions.
The Challenger 2 can carry up to 1,800 liters of diesel fuel, allowing them to travel an average of 341 miles at 37 mph.
If needed, additional fuel can be injected into the hot engine to create a smoke screen, covering the tank.
The tank driver controlled the vehicle with two canes from an almost lying down position.
On each side are five smoke grenade launchers, which can shoot forward like a smokescreen, protecting against laser-guided missiles.
It also has a chain gun that spits out 7.62mm rounds to rip through soft-covered vehicles like trucks or dismounted infantry.
Kyiv continues to call for Western support to help them defeat Putin, who has so far lost more than 150,000 troops.
Vlad foolishly believed that his forces would be welcomed into Ukraine as liberators when he invaded last February.
But instead, the initial assault ended in a disaster that left his forces devastated and thrown back into Russia.
Putin’s future is now said to be tied to the success or failure of his war in Ukraine – with an arrest warrant issued against him for war crimes.