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Jumping in the Leopard pool

20th October 2016 - 08:13 GMT | by Nicholas Fiorenza in Berlin

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The Netherlands signed an agreement with Germany on 13 October to combine some of their Leopard 2 main battle tank forces.

It will also transfer its last 16 Leopard 2A6 MBTs to Germany in 2017 for an upgrade to A7 standard before they join a pool of tanks, which both countries can use.

Under the agreement, the Netherlands will draw on 18 Leopard 2s from the pool to form a tank company for the Dutch army's 43 Mechanized Brigade. A Dutch training platoon already has four of these tanks and has been training with German Leopard 2s in Bergen-Hohne, Germany,

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Nicholas Fiorenza is a Shephard contributor based in Brussels.

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