Belgium And Netherlands Go Dutch With Artillery

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Artillery is one of the many areas of defense cooperation between Belgium and the Netherlands.

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On 12 March, the Belgian Artillery Battalion and the Dutch Fire Support Command conducted a dynamic demonstration of their cooperation on the shooting range in Brasschaat, Belgium. The Dutch fired their Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000NL 155 mm armored howitzer, the Belgians their 105 mm towed howitzer, and both their 120 mm mortars. A Belgian 105 mm howitzer was lifted by a Royal Netherlands Air Force CH-47 Chinook helicopter and Belgian artillery observers guided Dutch fire.

The display was observed by the commander of Dutch land forces, Lt.Gen. Mart de Kruif, and the commander of the Belgian land component, Maj.Gen. Hubert de Vos.

The cooperation allows for more efficient employment of artillery, both in terms of equipment and personnel, according to the Dutch Ministry of Defense. The two countries' artillery can cover a greater area than each can individually, with the 120 mm mortars having a range of 12 kilometers, the Belgian 105 mm howitzers 15 kilometers, and the PzH 2000NL 40 kilometers.

The ultimate aim is for crews of both countries to be able to operate each others' artillery.

The Dutch Ministry has produced a video of the demonstration.

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