PzH 2000 and 120 mm Mortars Go Dutch

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The Dutch army stood up its new fire support command on 25 January. The new unit consists of three batteries with six Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000NL 155 mm armored howitzers and six 120 mm mortars each. It has 425 personnel, compared to 800 for previous artillery battalions.

Dutch Ministry of Defense photo

Speaking at the stand-up ceremony, the Dutch chief of defense staff, Gen. Tom Middendorp, said the command will be used in cooperation with the German and Belgian armies.

Dutch mechanized infantry and marines retain their own 81 mm mortars.

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