11 Airmobile Brigade
This highly mobile brigade can be deployed anywhere in the world within 20 days. Helicopters from the Defence Helicopter Command (DHC) rapidly transport the ground troops, weapons, materiel and supplies of the brigade to the area of operations. If the brigade and the helicopters are involved in an integrated operation, they are known as the Air Manoeuvre Brigade.
The Airmobile Brigade was established in 1992. The Netherlands required a rapidly deployable unit for operations around the world and across the entire spectrum of force. After ten pioneering years, the brigade achieved operational readiness status in October 2003.
The following pieces of equipment are essential for the brigade:
- 58 Patria armoured wheeled vehicles;
- 79 Light Strike Vehicles;
- 94 KTM off-road motorcycles;
- 12 x 120mm mortars;
- 27 x 81mm mortars;
- 27 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles with the portable WALS warning system, which provides relevant information such as the distinction between friend and foe.
- Combat units:
o 11 Infantry Battalion Grenadier and Rifle Guards;
o 12 Infantry Battalion Van Heutsz Regiment;
o 13 Infantry Battalion Prince Bernhard ‘Stoottroepen’ Regiment.
- Combat Support Units:
o 11 Mortar Company;
o 11 Engineer Company;
o 11 Air Defence Company.
- Logistic units:
o 11 Repair Company;
o 11 Supply Company;
o 11 Medical Company.
- Oranje Barracks in Schaarsbergen, Gelderland province;
- John Willem Friso Barracks in Assen, Drenthe province.