The Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to sell 44 BAE Systems CV9035NL infantry fighting vehicles following the new cuts in the defence budget.
The Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA) had disposed of Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks, a limited number of PzH2000 self-propelled howitzers and 40 anti-tank configured Fenneks due to budget cutbacks in 2011, according to Shephard.
Since then the Fenneks are stored in a former United States Army Europe Prepositioned Organisational Materiel Site (POMS) site, along with 116 Leopard II and 32 PzH2000s.
MoD also intends to sell most of the heavy equipment, which is stored in its facilities, and also plans to use as a source of spare parts, to support the fleet of Leopard II based support vehicles such as Kodiak armoured engineering vehicle and Buffel recovery vehicle.
The vehicles, which are expected to be put up for sale, are currently part of the 45th mechanised infantry battalion and include CV90s and another 35 Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Fenneks, apart from stored vehicles.
The Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert has revealed the disintegration of infantry unit based in Ermelo, as part of personnel and equipment reductions within all three services.
MoD plans to retain defence forces, which are fully funded, and are able to operate in the full spectrum of military operations, according to Hennis-Plasschaert.
Netherlands is also planning to sell 12 new wheeled Boxer armoured vehicles, which are infantry battalion, and yet to be delivered and are scheduled to join the infantry battalion.
In 2004, MoD had ordered 184 CV9035NL IFVs to replace the ageing YPR765A1 and eight CV90 driver training vehicles.
Image: A camouflaged CV9035 NL infantry fighting vehicle of the Netherlands Army. Photo: courtesy of AVDD.