A final instalment of 25 Cheetah self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAGs) has now arrived in Jordan.
Decommissioned by the Armed Forces of the Netherlands in 2006, the Cheetah (Gepard in German service) consists of a modified Leopard 1 tank hull armed with twin 35 mm Rheinmetall Air Defence (previously Oerlikon Contraves) guns and equipped with surveillance and tracking radars.
The Netherlands agreed to sell 60 Cheetahs to Jordan in 2013. At that time, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the deal also included training, 350,000 rounds of surplus ammunition, 22 Bofors 40L70 40 mm towed anti-aircraft guns, 11 Thales Flycatcher radars, 5 Leopard 1 armoured engineering vehicles, and 14 Leopard 1/Cheetah hulls for spares, conversion, or training. […]