The Nether­lands sells in­fantry ve­hi­cles to Es­to­nia

SP's MAI - - MILITARY UPDATES -

The Nether­lands has sold 44 CV90 in­fantry fight­ing ve­hi­cles to Es­to­nia. Min­is­ter Jea­nine Hen­nis-Plass­chaert and her Es­to­nian col­league Sven Mikser signed the con­tract in The Hague re­cently. De­fence is sell­ing part of its CV90 ve­hi­cles in the wake of a down­siz­ing out­lined in the 2013 White Pa­per “In the in­ter­est of the Nether­lands.” The Army de­cided that 13 Mech­a­nised Bri­gade in Oirschot would con­vert to mo­torised bri­gade, for which its CV90s be­came re­dun­dant. The unit will re­place the CV90 with [Thales Aus­tralia] Bush­mas­ter pro­tected ve­hi­cles. The Dutch army still holds about 132 CV90s.

The sale to Es­to­nia also in­cludes two bridge-lay­ers, two re­cov­ery and two com­bat en­gi­neer tank vari­ants of the Leopard 1 tank. Train­ing, doc­u­men­ta­tion, tools and spare parts are also part of the agree­ment.

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