Prior tanks donated by North Atlantic Treaty Group (NATO) customers have been in the type of refurbished Russian tanks, mostly upgraded early-design T-72 tanks deemed (at very best) a bit inferior to the latest Russian tanks. Earlier donations these as Javelin anti-tank and Stinger anti-plane missiles are witnessed as a lot more defensive weapons, even though HIMARS guided rockets are a lot more of an indirect assist weapon.
However detractors (which includes the Kremlin) scoff that Western tanks will be missing in range and good quality against the most recent Russian tanks, this kind of as the T-72B3 and T-90, it is actually widely acknowledged that the Leopards and Challengers are remarkable.
In distinct, the typical Russian 125mm armour-piercing shells have been established to be not able to penetrate the Challenger 2’s frontal armour (in which it is the thickest) throughout the 1 situation they have observed fight in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
These Western tanks are considerably heavier on account of thicker armour and superior protection. Much more importantly, they have better gunsights and optics, enhancing the probability of productively hitting opponents with the very first shot, an vital thought in tank-versus-tank battle.