17:43 Apr. 9, 2016
Ten more American tanks and 120 servicemen will be placed in Estonia in 2017
The United States is planning to deploy more of its troops and fighting vehicles at NATO's eastern border to counter possible Russian aggression in the region. According to Estonian defence ministry spokesman, one additional heavy armoured brigade will be positioned in Europe, Estonian media outlet ERR News reports.
Lt. Col. William McNicol of the U.S. Office of Defence Cooperation in Tallinn specified ten additional tanks, four Bradley vehicles, armoured support vehicles and 100-120 servicemen will be placed in Estonia in 2017. The deployment will be conducted on a nine-month rotation basis.
Top U.S. commander in Europe Gen. Philip Breedlove stated earlier the increased NATO troops rotation, which will start next February, is a response to "an aggressive Russia in Eastern Europe and elsewhere."
There are currently two U.S. brigades deployed in Europe. A U.S. army brigade typically consists of between 4,000 and 4,200 troops, accompanied by 250 tanks, Bradley vehicles and self-propelled howitzers, and about 1,750 support vehicles and trucks.