43 Mechanised Brigade
Thanks to its armoured and non-armoured vehicles, 43 Mechanised Brigade can be deployed for a wide range of tasks over great distances. Whether those tasks are combat operations, peace operations, assistance in the Netherlands or ceremonial tasks, the brigade can provide professional personnel for peace and security anywhere in the world.
The core of 43 Mechanised Brigade is formed by various armoured vehicles, such as the Fennek reconnaissance vehicle, the Pantserhouwitser 2000NL self-propelled howitzer, and the Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks. Its heavy weaponry allows the brigade to operate at het high end of the spectrum of force.
The infantry fighting vehicle, which forms the backbone of the unit, will be replaced in phases this year. The YPR, which has served successfully for decades, will make way for various versions of the CV90, equipped with a 35mm rapid-fire gun. The first battalion has already been equipped with this ultramodern vehicle.
The following pieces of army equipment are essential for the brigade:
- 30 Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks;
- 12 Pantserhouwitser 2000NL self-propelled howitzers;
- 97 Fennek wheeled armoured reconnaissance vehicles;
- 135 YPR-765 / 92 CV90-35NL armoured tracked vehicles;
- 18 x 81 mm mortars.
Employing some 3,000 personnel, 43 Mechanised Brigade is one of largest employers in the northern Netherlands.
- Combat units:
o 44 Mechanised Infantry Battalion Johan Willem Friso;
o 45 Mechanised Infantry Battalion Oranje-Gelderland Regiment;
o 43 Brigade Reconnaissance Squadron ‘Boreel’ Hussars Regiment.
- Combat Support Units:
o 14 Field Artillery Battalion
o 11 Armoured Engineer Battalion
- Logistic units:
o 43 Repair Company
o 43 Medical Company
Besides 43 Mechanised Brigade, the army has one other mechanised brigade, namely 13 Mechanised Brigade.
Most of the units of the brigade are based at the Johannes Post Barracks near Havelte in Drenthe province. There are also military personnel stationed at barracks in Wezep, ‘t Harde and Ermelo.