The Pentagon said on Tuesday that it would accelerate the shipment of M1A1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, more than a year after the Russian invasion, opting to send refurbished older versions instead of newer M1A2 tanks.

Abrams Tanks Coming Soon to Kyiv

The latest development in transferring the American tank to troops in Kyiv is part of Washington’s effort to ramp up the latter’s fighting force to continue fending off the invading Russian army.

Ukraine was originally to receive 31 M1A2 Abrams, with a production and shipment timetable of a year or two. However, US officials opted to instead deliver the older M1A1s from the US Army’s existing inventory (as many as 3,700 M1 hulls in storage) to provide them with the much-needed arms sooner. Moreover, the older version would mean easier training and upkeep for the Ukrainian troops than the newer version.