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Wed, 18 Dec, 2013 04:33:03 AM
FTimes-STT Report, December 18
file picture: Leopard tanks during the exercise at Pahkajärvi. Photo – Lehtikuva.
The Defence Forces are planning to make a significant arms purchase from the Netherlands in the beginning of next year, according to a report broadcast by MTV on Tuesday.
The report said the authorities reached a deal to buy a hundred used Leopard battle tanks at a cost of about €200m.
The Leopard 2A6 tanks are reported to be in good condition.
Finnish parliament gave go ahead to the tank purchase deal considering the benefits and cost-effectiveness. 
Minister of Defence Carl Haglund, however, said the matter was still in progress. According to MTV reports, the deal is likely to be sealed in the next month.
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