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Dutch Army receives first upgraded Leopard 2s

16 April 2018
Panzerbataillon 414’s upgraded German Leopard 2s equipped with a Dutch BMS will be able to operate with 43 Mechanised Brigade and its CV90 infantry fighting vehicles. Source: Dutch MoD

The Dutch Army received its first three Leopard 2A6MA2 main battle tanks (MBTs) from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann on 11 January, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced.

A total of 18 of the upgraded Leopard 2s will be delivered by 2019, equipping the Dutch tank company of the German Army’s Panzerbataillon (Tank Battalion) 414.

The German and Dutch armies began forming Panzerbataillon 414 in 2015. The battalion comes under the command of the Dutch Army’s 43 Mechanised Brigade, which is in turn part of the German 1st Panzer Division. The parent German division will lead the NATO Response Force (NRF) starting in 2019, which will therefore include Dutch Leopard 2A6MA2s.

The Leopard 2A6MA2 is equipped with a Dutch battle management system (BMS), including blue force tracking, according to the Dutch MoD. Panzerbataillon 414’s German Leopard 2s will also be upgraded to the 2A6MA2 standard and equipped with the Dutch BMS so they can operate with 43 Mechanised Brigade, a ministry spokesman told Jane’s .

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