Ukraines counteroffensive has given Russian forces plenty of experience to learn what works and what doesnt when it comes to targeting NATO heavy tanks like the Abrams.
First, as far as strategy goes, the counteroffensive has shown that simply luring tanks into heavily mined territory can often be sufficient, with many Ukrainian armored thrusts foiled after running into minefields and dragons teeth defenses, and Kiev even reportedly pulling tanks like the Leopard 2 from the front and resorting to using infantry to advance on foot to avoid losing the armor.
Second, theres the factor of Russias qualitative and quantitative superiority in artillery and airpower, with the latter enabling Russian forces to use Kamov Ka-52 and Mil Mi-28 attack helicopters to hunt for Ukrainian tanks with laser-guided missiles, and doing so at standoff ranges, often making it impossible for Ukraines air defenses to respond.
The third factor is Russias own armor, with upgraded T-72B, T-72B3M, T-80, and T-90M series tanks proving more than a match for Ukraines comparable Soviet-era armor and NATO MBTs, and Russia enjoying superiority in numbers, GPS jamming capabilities which frustrate enemy precision-guided munitions and combat drones, and superior range characteristics of its main guns on some models.
Fourth, there are the anti-armor capabilities of Russian infantry armed with man-portable anti-tank missile systems like the Kornet, designed specifically to target the latest generation of NATOs main battle tanks, including the Abrams. Long before Ukraines counteroffensive began, Sputnik warned about the Kornets deadly effectiveness against Turkish Army Leopard 2A4s in Syria, US Army Abrams and Bradley infantry fighting vehicles in Iraq, and Israeli Merkava tanks in Lebanon. Western MBTs already deployed in Ukraine have now suffered a similar fate at the hands of Russian man-portable anti-tank systems, and Abrams will too, if theyre deployed close enough.
The Abrams engine was designed from an F-16. It is hot and has a unique, easily identifiable signature. They will not last long. The Ukrainians lost 8,000 tanks, APCs, IFVs,trucks and artillery pieces in less than 4 months. At this rate they will be dead and disarmed soon enough.