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Estonia receives first armored vehicles from Netherlands

The Netherlands has delivered the first batch of surplus infantry fighting vehicles to Estonia.

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Richard Tomkins
Estonia has received its first batch of surplus CV90 vehicles purchased from the Netherlands. CV90 photo from Dutch Ministry of Defense
Estonia has received its first batch of surplus CV90 vehicles purchased from the Netherlands. CV90 photo from Dutch Ministry of Defense

TALLINN, Estonia, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- An initial batch of CV9035 infantry fighting vehicles purchased by Estonia from the Netherlands have arrived in the Baltic nation.

The 12 vehicles, together with an armored recovery vehicle, arrived by boat and were being transported to the 1st Infantry Brigade at Estonia's Tapa Army Base.

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Estonia signed a contract with the Netherlands for the purchase of 44 used CV9035NL IFVs and six Leopard 1 tank-based support vehicles in late 2014 for 113 million euros.

All the vehicles, which will be delivered by 2018, are to undergo maintenance and repairs before arriving in Estonia, the Estonian Ministry of Defense said.

In addition to the Dutch IFVs, Estonia will also be purchasing a total of 37 IFV CV90 bodies from Norway, which will be rebuilt as armored support vehicles, for about $705,000. The vehicles from Norway are expected to arrive in Estonia sometime this and next year.

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