OSLO, Norway, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Norway is to sell used CV90 tracked armored combat vehicle hulls to Estonia under an agreement signed Friday.
The procurement cost was not revealed but the Norwegian Ministry of Defense said the hulls of 35 vehicles are covered under the deal.
"Overall, this will provide the Estonian army significantly increased operational capability," said Norwegian State Secretary Oystein Bo. "We are pleased that in this way we can help to strengthen Estonia's defense. This will contribute to our overall security in NATO and in the region."
Estonia, a Baltic country that was once part of the Soviet Union, currently operates a fleet of second-hand CV90 combat vehicles obtained from the Netherlands. The vehicles to be acquired from Norway will be outfitted and used as logistic and support vehicles for its combat fleet.
Norway is selling the vehicle hulls because it is acquiring new CV90s and upgrading existing ones, the Ministry of Defense said.
The CV90 is a product of BAE Systems Hagglunds AB of Sweden. It has a range of nearly 190 miles and a maximum speed of about 43 miles per hour.