Estonia received the first infantry fighting vehicles CV9035NL Mk III from the Netherlands
As Estonian media reported, on the morning of October 7, 2016, the first 12 combat vehicles of Swedish-made infantry fighting vehicles CV9035NL Mk III from 44 units purchased for the Estonian armed forces from the presence of the Netherlands army were delivered to the Estonian port of Paldiski in Finns on the Finnsun roller. Together with them were also delivered two cars on the chassis of the tank Leopard 1 - Standard armored recovery vehicle and training machine. All the equipment delivered after unloading on October 7 was transported on trailers to the base of the elite Scout Battalion (Scoutspataljon) of the 1st Jäger Infantry Brigade of the Estonian Army in Tapa.
Recall that the contract worth € 113 million for Estonia’s acquisition of 44 Swedish-made CV9035NL Mk III infantry fighting vehicles (BAE Systems Land Systems Hägglunds AB) from the presence of the Dutch Army was signed by the Ministers of Defense of Estonia and the Netherlands on December 9, 2014. The delivery will also include six armored vehicles on the chassis of the Leopard 1 tank (two training vehicles,two sapper tanks Pionirpanzer and two armored repair and recovery vehicles Standard) from the presence of the Dutch army, as well as various spare parts, property and training package. Delivery will be made in 2016-2018. This is the largest defense purchase for the entire period of Estonia’s independence since 1991.
BMP CV9035NL Mk III are considered one of the most advanced machines of the CV90 family. They are equipped with a powerful 35-mm automatic gun ATK Bushmaster III (optional use of a 50-mm barrel to it), an increased level of protection, a comprehensive round-the-clock duplicated fire control system and a tank information and control system. Combat weight reaches 36 tons.
In total, the Netherlands Army under contracts of 2004 and 2008 with a total value of 1.0752 billion euros received 193 infantry fighting vehicles CV9035NL Mk III in three versions (151 cars in the linear variant, 34 in the commander, and eight in logistics) supplied from the Swedish assembly line BAE Systems Land Systems Hägglunds AB in 2007-2011. In the Dutch army, these infantry fighting vehicles were equipped with four infantry battalions (normally 44 vehicles), two each in the 13th and 43rd infantry brigades. However, in 2011 it was decided to reorganize the 13th motorized infantry brigade into an “light brigade”,In this connection, both its infantry battalions (17th and 42nd), starting from 2015, are being re-armed with wheeled armored vehicles (BTR Boxer, BRM Fennek, Bushmaster armored vehicles and Mercedes-Benz armored jeeps). All 88 BMP CV9035NL Mk III of both battalions are withdrawn, with the BMP of one battalion being transferred to storage, and the other - were put up for sale. Estonia has acquired them. All CV9035NL Mk III cars bought by Estonians were manufactured in 2007-2008.
In Estonia, these 44 infantry fighting vehicles and six vehicles on the chassis of a Leopard 1 tank will go into service with the Scout Battalion of the 1st Jäger Infantry Brigade, which will be the first full-fledged "mechanized" part of the Estonian army. Currently, this battalion is equipped with the former Finnish wheeled armored personnel carriers Sisu XA-180. In preparation for this rearmament, the Scout Battalion was redeployed from Paldiski to Tapa in central Estonia.
We also point out that in early 2016, Estonia signed a contract for the purchase in Norway of 37 deposited demilitarized infantry fighting vehicle CV9030N chassis, with delivery in 2016-2017. Two of these chassis are training machines for training driver mechanics, and the remaining 35 will be converted in Estonia into armored vehicles of auxiliary purpose of nine different variants,including combat reconnaissance vehicles, command and staff vehicles, medical vehicles, transport vehicles, repair and recovery vehicles, ATGM carriers, SAM systems, 120 mm self-propelled mortars, and ammunition conveyors for mortars.
Re-equipment and modification of the former Norwegian vehicles will be carried out on separate contracts in Estonia and, possibly, in some other countries, the entire renewed fleet should be ready by 2019. The equipment will be available to the same Scout Battalion of the 1st Infantry Brigade of the Estonian Army as complementary vehicles to the 44 CV9035NL Mk III 44th Infantry Fighting Vehicles.
According to some reports, 27 of the former CV9030N infantry fighting vehicle chassis acquired in Norway have already been delivered to Tapa.