Procurement of 44 Dutch CV90 APC’s is the largest Estonian defence investment since the Country has regained its independence. The Agreement has been signed in December last year, and the value of the deal is estimated at the level of EUR 113 million. Besides 44 examples of the CV9035NL APC’s armed with 35 mm cannons, the Estonians have also acquired technical support vehicles, based on the Leopard 1 tank chassis.
Exactly this type of vehicles has just been deployed to Estonia – they soon will be joined by ca. 250 Dutch soldiers. One of the tasks they will perform is presentation of the capabilities of the newly acquired equipment, which will make it possible to start a relevant training programme. The Dutch will also be involved in the winter exercise, along with the representatives of the Estonian and the US Armed Forces. Large firing range training taking place on 13th February is to be a peak point of these operations. On 24th February the unit is to take part in the Narva parade, which is organized on the Estonian independence day.