Even if the Abrams are sent in time, the US can make a backdoor deal with Ukraine to keep them in the Ukraine-Poland border, never seeing actual combat lolNot so fast. Abrams aren't exactly on their way to Ukraine just yet. It appears the announcement was more to trick the Germans than to get M1s on the battlefield ASAP. It's now being reported new build M1s will go to the Ukraine, in "months or years" whatever that translates to.
Disappointing, however does lend even more credence to my thought that the US is trying to oust German MIC from the tank market
Gonna be tough to sell a Leo after the Ukraine. It's a clever plat and if it's what happens it will surely keep the M1 away from the front long enough to clear out whatever stocks are available and pave the way for emergency orders of Abrams heh.
I guess we might as well ditch our 40 or so serviceable Leo's while we're at it
The US has thousands of ways to ensure that their tank will never see combat in Ukraine. As you said, the real loser here is German MIC