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Dutch Army receives first upgraded Leopard 2s

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.
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.Photo by: Dutch MoD
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.
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