The American Abrams tanks that Kyiv demands from Washington are really deadly, writes 5-tv.ru. They are dangerous for their own crews, military expert Yuri Knutov told the publication.
According to him, the frontal armor, the front of the turret and the mask of the Abrams gun are made of depleted uranium. This gives these heavy "supertanks" super-strength. Usually such material is used for warheads of ballistic nuclear missiles. It helps to withstand exorbitant overloads when passing through dense layers of the atmosphere.
Projectiles with a core of depleted uranium are considered the most durable and armor-piercing.
“The only drawback of depleted uranium is that when shells hit the frontal armor, radioactive dust is formed inside the tank, which causes cancer in the crew,” Knutov said.
He stated that the Pentagon is literally inundated with lawsuits from Abrams tankers and their families. Crews develop cancer. There are especially many claims from the military who went through Iraq.