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British heavy equipment arrived in Estonia. March 22, 2017.
British heavy equipment arrived in Estonia. March 22, 2017. Source: (Headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces)

More than 130 units of British Army heavy equipment which will serve the NATO battle group stationed in Estonia, including Challenger 2 tanks and AS-90 self-propelled artillery, arrived in Paldiski on Wednesday.

Over 200 British and 50 French soldiers have already arrived in Estonia; the remaining troops and equipment belonging to the battle group are scheduled to arrive over the coming weeks.

The NATO battle group will consist of a total of nearly 1,200 allied soldiers. The U.K. has said that their contribution to the group will be an armored unit of more than 800 troops whose equipment includes Challenger 2 tanks, Warrior infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), AS-90 self-propelled artillery and other armored vehicles. France has announced that they will contribute a 300-strong unit whose equipment includes Leclerctanks, VBCI IFVs and VAB armored vehicles.

Upon their arrival on Wednesday, the British Army's equipment was transported to the 1st Infantry Brigade's base in Tapa.

NATO leaders decided at the Warsaw Summit last July to deploy allied troops to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland in response to the changed security environment. The contingent to be stationed in Estonia will be led by the U.K. and supported by France and Denmark.

Editor: Aili Vahtla