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The Hague (AFP) Dec 09, 2014
Estonia on Tuesday signed a deal to buy 44 infantry combat vehicles from the Netherlands in Tallinn's biggest-ever defence purchase.
The deal, reportedly worth around 100 million euros ($120 million), comes with regional tensions running high over the conflict in Ukraine.
Dutch defence ministry spokeswoman Lisa Hartog told AFP the contract was signed during a visit by Estonian Defence Minister Sven Mikser.
The Swedish-built CV90 infantry combat vehicles and six Leopard tanks included in the deal are to be delivered between 2016 and 2018.
Mikser said last month that the deal was "the largest procurement project ever" for Estonia's defence forces.
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