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Estonia’s largest-ever military exercise involves 13,000 soldiers

“Hedgehog”, a two-week military exercise that takes place in Estonia from 4-15 May, involves 13,000 soldiers, including reservists, conscripts, active-duty personnel, officials, Defence League members and allied troops. In an unprecedented scale for Estonia, up to 7,000 reserve soldiers have been called up to participate in the largest military manoeuvres …

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Estonia ranks fifth in the global cybersecurity index

According to the recent global cybersecurity index of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Estonia is ranked fifth in the world. The ranking is shared with Brazil, India, Japan, South Korea, Germany and the UK. The US is ranked first and Canada second. The top three also includes Australia, Malaysia and …

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Estonia to cooperate with US defence giant Raytheon

The Estonian Ministry of Defence and the US defence contractor, Raytheon, have agreed to explore long-term collaboration in the area of cyber security. Mikk Marran, the permanent secretary of the Estonian Ministry of Defence, and Raytheon agreed on the collaborative arrangement during Marran’s recent visit to Washington for talks with U.S. government and …

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An Estonian defence company invents a plastic mobile bomb shelter

An Estonian defence company, Terramil, has started manufacturing plastic bomb shelters that can be assembled in less than two hours and accommodate up to 12 people. The Terramil mobile bomb shelter, called Sub Safe U1, is made of polyethylene – the common plastic. It is UV, acid, soil and weather …

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Estonia’s high-tech defence industry is coming of age

In Estonia, a small but quickly growing group of high-tech defence companies are finding paths to international success. In fact, most countries that take national security and economic growth seriously are host to companies dedicated to the defence sector. This industry generates high-level, specialised, often engineering or IT-related jobs, provides …

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Another defeat for Putin’s “Russian world” – very few Russians in Estonia want to leave

Over the last two-year period, for which statistics are available, only 37 ethnic Russians moved from Estonia to the Russian Federation despite Moscow’s programme for resettling what it calls “compatriots” and the regular complaints of Russian officials that Estonia is oppressing its ethnic Russian minority. In the Moscow newspaper, “Novaya …

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Estonia once again in the top 10 of the world press freedom index

Compared with last year, Estonia has improved its position by one place in the Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index 2015. The index ranks the performance of 180 countries according to a range of criteria that include media pluralism and independence, respect for the safety and freedom of journalists, …

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Britain to let Estonia use its top-secret Skynet 5 military satellite system

British media has reported that the United Kingdom has signed up to a NATO initiative to share billions of pounds of military hardware with other countries and Estonia and Latvia could benefit. The Daily Mail reported that British defence chiefs have signed up to the Lead Nation Procurement Initiative to …

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