More than ten of the 44 CV9035 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) and three of the six support tanks built on the chassis of the Leopard 1 tank purchased from the Netherlands arrived at the Port of Paldiski on Saturday.
The armored vehicles are to be stationed permanently at the 1st Infantry Brigade's Tapa Army Base and will be used by the Scouts Battalion. As of this year, conscripts will also be trained to use the infantry's armored vehicles, spokespeople for the Headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) said.
An armored school of the EDF is also located at Tapa whose instructors received their training in Finland and the Netherlands.
The CV9035, manufactured by BA Systems Hagglunds AB, is powered by a 600-kilowatt Scania V8 diesel engine and armed with a 35 mm Bushmaster III gun with an effective range of up to four kilometers and a speed of 200 shots per minute. The weaponry of the infantry's battle vehicle also includes a 7.62 mm machine gun and ten fragmentation and smoke grenade launchers.
The vehicles were acquired on the basis of Estonia's national defense development plan for 2013-2022. According to the procurement contract signed between Estonia and the Netherlands in 2014, Estonia purchased 44 modern CV9035 vehicles and six Leopard 1-based support tanks scheduled to arrive in Estonia between 2016 and 2018.
The first 12 CV9035 vehicles and tank arrived in Estonia in October 2016.
Editor: Aili Vahtla