This year, 17 Armoured Infantry Battalion will be the first unit of 13 Light Brigade to be 'given wheels'. The tracked CV90s of this Oirschot-based brigade will be replaced by Bushmasters and Mercedes-Benz 280CDi open terrain vehicles. 17 Armoured Infantry Battalion has now been tasked with gaining experience with the new mode of operating.
The change is not without consequences. For example, a unit with wheeled vehicles has a larger range of action than one with tracked vehicles. A Bushmaster can simply be driven faster and further than a CV90. That makes the light brigade excellently suited to tasks in extensive areas of operation and in built-up areas among the population.
Of course, there are also a number of disadvantages. The CV90 is equipped with a big built-in cannon, a feature absent in the wheeled vehicles for the time being.
The pilot company under command of Captain Kerstens must have achieved operational readiness by 1 April 2016. The rest of the battalion is to follow in the months after that.
Source: MOD Netherlands
Date: Jan 30, 2015