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  • https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/201...artillery.html

    https://bmpd.livejournal.com/3251543.html

    Estonia to Buy South Korean Howitzers in 46M-Euro Deal

    HELSINKI — Estonia has agreed to buy South Korean artillery in a 46 million-euro ($54 million) deal that officials say will substantially boost the small Baltic country's defense capacity.

    The Estonian military procurement agency says the contract with Seoul-based weapons producer Hanwha Land Systems is for 12 K9 Thunder howitzers, training, maintenance and spare parts.

    Agency director Col. Rauno Sirk said after a signing ceremony on Tuesday that the artillery pieces "will bring Estonia's defense capacity to a new level and be one of the most considerable steps of building up armored maneuvering capacity."

    The first howitzers are to arrive in Estonia in 2020.

    Finland, Norway and Poland are among current European users of the self-propelled K9 Thunder.

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    • https://news.err.ee/846381/edf-to-pu...for-30-million

      EDF to purchase C90 disposable grenade launchers for €30 million

      The Estonian Centre for Defence Investments (ECDI) is set to purchase €30 million of C90 disposable, shoulder-fired grenade launchers and ammunition for the grenade launchers from Spain's Instalaza S.A.

      The framework agreement on the purchase of C90s, ammunition and training equipment was concluded for five years, it appears from an announcement published in Estonia's public procurement register.

      Previously, Instalaza has supplied the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) with grenade launchers with armor-penetrating and anti-bunker/building warheads alike.

      The first batch of C90s was supplied to Estonia in 2009, and after testing in Estonia and Afghanistan a decision was made to continue purchases of the weapon.

      The one-man-operated rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launcher weighs from 4.7-5.1 kg and has a point target range of 350 m. Its projectile can penetrate up to 480 mm of armor.

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      • Spike LRII/ER for Estonia?

        https://news.err.ee/868531/estonia-a...titank-weapons

        Estonia announces €40 million procurement for long-range antitank weapons

        The Estonian Centre for Defence Investment (ECDI) on Friday announced a €40 million euro procurement for the purchase of long-range antitank weapons systems.

        In the framework of the procurement, at least 18 weapons systems are to be bought with ammunition. The supplier must also supply auxiliary equipment, provide technical support and training, spokespeople for the ECDI said.

        "The antitank system to be procured must have a range of least 4,000 meters, and the new weapon must be capable of destroying targets behind a barrier," Priit Soosaar, head of the the Procurement Department at the ECDI, said in a press release.

        The weapons must be in serial production and in use in the army of at least one NATO member state.
        Some videos from recent exercises.










        New exercise field infrastructure.

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        • 2 questions.

          1) Is the Baltic Battalion still a thing?I

          2) Is Scout battalion the only professional combat unit in the armed forces?

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          • Originally posted by AtlanticSurf View Post
            2 questions.

            1) Is the Baltic Battalion still a thing?I

            2) Is Scout battalion the only professional combat unit in the armed forces?
            From what I heard even Scoutspataljon is having to take on conscripts, if not now soon. That leaves just ESTSOF?

            Good luck to the members of Scoutspataljon and their support personnel in Mali.

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            • Originally posted by AtlanticSurf View Post
              2) Is Scout battalion the only professional combat unit in the armed forces?
              Scouts and ESTSOF. To apply, you need to have served so no, they don't use conscripts and never will.

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              • Originally posted by drax View Post

                Scouts and ESTSOF. To apply, you need to have served so no, they don't use conscripts and never will.
                But they are expanding the professional units within the brigade correct? Like adding another battalion or 2?

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                • Originally posted by AtlanticSurf View Post
                  But they are expanding the professional units within the brigade correct? Like adding another battalion or 2?
                  There just isn't enough financial and human resources for this...resources are limited. Scouts battalion main objective is to serve missions in Mali and elsewhere.


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                  • So it's final now, Estonia is switching over to AR-15.
                    Estonia has selected an offer by US arms company Lewis Machine & Tool Company (LMT) as the winner of the tender for a contract to supply automatic firearms to the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) and the country's other armed structures.

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                    • gafkiwi There you go ^^.

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                      • Originally posted by drax View Post
                        gafkiwi There you go ^^.
                        Seen that, Good choice.

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                        • Originally posted by gafkiwi View Post
                          Seen that, Good choice.
                          Hopefully so, but there's a lot of people who think that this is the worst of possible outcomes. Not saying they are the majority or even a group of substantial size, but their voice sure is the loudest. Among other things they claim LMT to be a producer of "cheapo civvie AR-15 clones not fit for military" and that the NZ tender was an "absolute failure". As little I know both claims are grossly exaggerated.

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                          • Originally posted by drax View Post

                            Hopefully so, but there's a lot of people who think that this is the worst of possible outcomes. Not saying they are the majority or even a group of substantial size, but their voice sure is the loudest. Among other things they claim LMT to be a producer of "cheapo civvie AR-15 clones not fit for military" and that the NZ tender was an "absolute failure". As little I know both claims are grossly exaggerated.
                            They obviously don't know about the US market then. LMT are know for being one of the more expensive and high quality AR makers and definitely not cheapo civi rifles. NZ tender was anything but a failure, any issue post introduction have been minor contrary to what the media released and sorted immediately which is more of a reflection of the quality of LMT service. Introduction issues are pretty normal, look at the 416 and its adoption with Norway. With the LMT, Estonia also have the option of converting them to DI and back to piston as well which is a two minute job should the need arrise.

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                            • Originally posted by 55645 View Post
                              There just isn't enough financial and human resources for this...resources are limited. Scouts battalion main objective is to serve missions in Mali and elsewhere.

                              So basically Scout battalion is where all those who serve abroad come from? How is it that only 1 professional unit can do so much? They're like the lead unit on your country's defense as well as providing troops for international missions.

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                              • Interview (in Russian) with former Commander of Estonian Defence Forces, General Ants Laaneots. I don't want to spark political discussion here but maybe for some of you it will be interesting to hear Estonian point of view.





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