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  • Japan to Join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn

    NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) welcomes the decision of Japan to join the NATO-accredited cyber defence hub in Tallinn, Estonia. This will further strengthen the knowledge base and reach of the currently 20-nation-strong Centre. [..]

    Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, announced today during his visit to Estonia the decision of Japan to become a member of Tallinn-based cyber defence hub focusing on research, training and exercises. [..]

    The Centre is staffed and financed by its member nations. Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States are signed on as Sponsoring Nations of NATO CCD COE. Austria, Finland and Sweden have become Contributing Participants, a status eligible for non-NATO nations. In September 2017 Norway announced its plan to join the Centre as well.
    https://ccdcoe.org/japan-join-nato-c...e-tallinn.html

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    • http://www.baltic-course.com/eng/analytics/?doc=137656

      Wages of Estonian military personnel to grow by 1/3

      According to the development plan of the Defense Ministry's area of government for the next four years, the wages of active service military personnel are set to grow by approximately one-third, informs LETA/BNS.

      The development plan for the domain of national defense for 2019–2022 envisages a wage increase of about one-third for people in active military service to a level where it would be higher by one-third than the national average wage.
      https://www.baltictimes.com/estonia_...astern_border/

      Estonia's police authority to showcase drones purchased for guarding eastern border

      TALLINN - The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board on Friday will showcase the military drones bought for approximately 500,000 euros for guarding the eastern border.

      The Police and Border Guard Board with the support from European Union funding purchased nine ELIX-XL type drones, with which to survey the everyday situation on the eastern border and react to rescue and border incidents.
      http://www.leta.lv/eng/defence_matte...-89944EC29ACF/

      Estonian defense forces to acquire new ballistic vests

      TALLINN, Dec 18, BNS – The Estonian defense fores are set to buy new bulletproof and splinterproof vests in the next few years for an estimated 24 million euros, Postimees said.

      Beginning in 2018, the defense forces will start a gradual transition to smaller-caliber service rifles and will carry out a comprehensive upgrade of personal equipment.

      Next year, new ballistic vests will be acquired which better mask the infrared signature created by a soldier and are more practical compared with a combat harness set. They are also the most expensive element of personal equipment, costing the military altogether 24 million euros over the years 2018-2021.
      http://www.leta.lv/eng/defence_matte...-4958AF5F3DD2/

      Kaitseliit membership nearing 26,000 mark

      TALLINN, Jan 15, BNS - Membership of the Estonian volunteer defense organization Kaitseliit (Defense League) and affiliated organizations is nearing the 26,000 mark.

      Spokespeople for Kaitseliit said that as of the last day of 2017, altogether 25,968 people belonged to Kaitseliit and its affiliated organizations -- the women's arm Naiskodukaitse, and the boys' and girls' organizations, Noored Kotkad and Kodututred.

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      • Independence Square was quite lively today. I had no idea there were K9's and Chally 2 on Estonian soil but sure enough there they were.

        Happy 100th. Hoping the best for the follow-up 100.

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        • Originally posted by thanamestolga View Post
          Independence Square was quite lively today. I had no idea there were K9's and Chally 2 on Estonian soil but sure enough there they were.

          Happy 100th. Hoping the best for the follow-up 100.
          The K9 was from the Finnish army. There are no Finnish troops stationed in Estonia (were not in NATO), but because Estonia is also planning to acquire the K9, one Finnish K9 was sent there for the independence day exhibition.

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          • Happy Birthday Estonia!

            Video from today's parade.



            http://www.janes.com/article/78072/b...y-capabilities

            Baltic states boost artillery capabilities

            The Estonian Land Forces maintains two infantry brigades, with one artillery battalion attached to each unit. These battalions are currently equipped with towed weapons.

            The first infantry brigade operates 24 155 mm/39 calibre FH-70A1 field howitzers supplied by Germany from 2003, while the second infantry brigade has 18 Russian 122 mm D-30 guns supplied by Finland and originally designated H-63 in Finnish Army service.

            The artillery battalions also operate 120 mm M41/D mortars supplied by Sweden as well as US supplied 81 mm M252 mortars.

            Estonia is expected to acquire 24 ex-Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) K9 Thunder 155 mm/52 calibre SP system – manufactured by Hanwha Land Systems – with deliveries split into two batches of 12 systems.

            Estonia is also placing increased emphasis on target acquisition, digital command and control, and fire control including interoperability with allied countries. For example, its FH-70A1 artillery system could benefit from fire-control updates.

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            • Happy independence day from your southern neighbor as well!

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              • Originally posted by Orca View Post
                The K9 was from the Finnish army. There are no Finnish troops stationed in Estonia (were not in NATO), but because Estonia is also planning to acquire the K9, one Finnish K9 was sent there for the independence day exhibition.
                So that's what confused me, I was in the square/old town starting at 7, but between 9 and 12 my biggest thought was "who the hell owns that K9?"

                Because it came out with the bulk of the Estonian vehicles and was manned by what looked like EDF personnel.

                Despite the cold weather it was still a very enjoyable experience.

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                • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2...es-in-running/

                  Estonian Rifle Trials: SIG, H&K & LMT Rifles In Running

                  As previously reported Estonia is in the process of selecting a new service rifle. Estonia is moving forward with further testing of rifles submitted by three manufacturers. The contract is reported to be worth €75 million (approx. $86 million) and calls for as many as 20,000 new rifles, chambered in both 5.56x45mmand 7.62x51mm.

                  In January the decision was made to move forward and test guns from SIG, LMT, HK, and POF. POF was reportedly excluded when the shipping of rifles for testing was delayed. Testing of the weapons continues with Major Risto Pärtel, described as the EDF’s chief weapons officer, said that “the goal of the testing was to find out how stable and dependable the weapons are in the hands of various shooters.” The weapons have been tested by the Estonian Defence Force, Police and Border Guards.

                  A report from Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR), Estonian Public Broadcasting, suggests that rifles from three manufacturers are now being evaluated. These are believed to be Heckler & Koch with the HK416(complete with the new Gen 3 magazines) and HK417, SIG Sauer with the MCX and SIG716G2 DMR, and Lewis Machine & Tool (LMT) with their MLCPS and CQBMWS.

                  From the photographs published by ERR, it appears that the Estonian Army is seeking both a standard-issue infantry rifle (in 5.56x45mm) and a designated marksman’s rifle (in 7.62x51mm). Sources suggest that following a report into health concerns over exposure to propellant residue the Estonian defence forces are looking primarily at piston-driven rifles.

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                  • http://www.kaitseministeerium.ee/en/...-2-14-may-2018

                    Estonia conducts exercise HEDGEHOG 2018 from 2-14 May 2018.

                    Altogether up to 15,500 members of the Estonian Defence Forces and Defence League together with Allies take part in the exercise. Police and Border Guard Board and Rescue Board will also participate in the exercise.

                    The main focus of HEDGEHOG 2018 is to exercise territorial defence both in the conventional and asymmetrical warfare.

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                    • Hedgehog 2018



                      Estonian Rifle Trials

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                      • Estonia to buy EUR 50 mln worth of Mistral missiles

                        The Estonian Center for Defense Investment has signed a contract on the purchase of short range air defense systems from the French armaments manufacturer MBDA France, planning to buy 50 million euros' worth of missiles and training equipment.
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                        Under the contract Estonia will continue to purchase Mistral M3 missiles that have better precision and a longer life-span than older types. "Estonia was the first foreign country to deploy new type Mistral missiles. They are technologically advanced, a more precise guidance system and electronics help distinguish intended targets from wrong ones, and they are practically maintenance-free," Sirk said.
                        http://www.leta.lv/eng/defence_matte...-886D8A80645C/

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                        • Brother in law.

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                          • Originally posted by AurimasLT View Post
                            Estonian Rifle Trials

                            When are they due to be completed and announced?

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                            • Originally posted by gafkiwi View Post

                              When are they due to be completed and announced?
                              Tom` , drax

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                              • Originally posted by gafkiwi View Post
                                When are they due to be completed and announced?
                                I honestly don't know. They are planning to buy 11 000 by the year 2021 with an option to purchase 18 000 more by 2024. There's a good chance that some of the runner-ups will try to contest the winner due to some technicality in the process and the procurement will drag on a few years more. Perhaps 2020 will be the year they'll actually phase out the Galils. Right now it seems that they are choosing between HK (416A5), Sig Sauer (MCX VIRTUS) and LMT (MLKMWSPF16)

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