Monday, April 18, 2011

3rd Armored Brigade Open for Business

The army's 3rd Armored Brigade has inaugurated its new installations in the north of Chile. The base, located about 15 miles north of Antofagasta, ushers in not just a new location but a marked improvement in equipment. Gone are the Leopard 1 tanks. The new backbone of the brigade is a battalion of Leopard 2 tanks and Marder infantry fighting vehicles. On another front, the base marks the latest step in a long reorganization for the army, one in which it is transforming itself from a series of regiments into several self-sustained divisions. Sprawled over 67 acres, the base also serves as a training ground for the brigade. Photos of the armored units were posted on the army's Flicker page.

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