A train with 30 German infantry fighting vehicles Marder, six heavy battle tanks Leopard 2 and six armored repairs and evacuation machines were seen off from the Grafenwöhr military base in Bavaria on Tuesday afternoon. The equipment will be stationed in the Rukla-based International NATO Battalion, which is being set up in response to Russian policies towards Eastern Europe. The first group of German troops arrived in Lithuania back in late January .
Lithuania’s army representatives confirmed to BNS that the train will bring all the planned combat equipment – up until now, the battalion only received the gear needed for logistics and staff, including a few non-combat armored vehicles Boxer.
The German-led battalion is one of NATO’s four combat groups being deployed in the Baltic states and Poland. The battalion in Estonia will be headed by the United Kingdom, while those in Latvia and Poland will be led by Canada and the United States, respectively.
About 300 of the planned 450 German troops are already in Rukla, central Lithuania, who will be joined by forces of Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, France and Croatia.