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Estonian innovation: day one at DSEI 2013 defence expo

DSEI (Defence Systems and Equipment International) bills itself as the “world’s leading defence and security event”. Over 1,500 companies from 50 countries showcase their wares to an estimated 30,000 people over a four-day period at London’s ExCel Centre. During day one, I caught up with Estonian Eli Airborne Solutions and …

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Estonia to take command of Baltic Naval Squadron next year

Estonia will in January 2014 take over command of the Baltic Naval Squadron (BALTRON) to which the Estonian Navy will contribute a mission unit and a staff and support vessel. The 15th anniversary of the establishment of the joint Baltic mine countermeasures was marked in Klaipeda, Lithuania in August. The …

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U.S. – Baltic relations: Laying the groundwork for deeper cooperation

President Barack Obama will host Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Latvian President Andris Bērziņš, and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė at the White House on August 30. This is the first such meeting at the White House since 1998. By Luke Coffey The four heads of state are expected to discuss …

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Estonian ESTCOY-16 carries out nine big operations in Afghanistan in three months

The last but one Estonian combat unit in Afghanistan, ESTCOY-16, conducted nine bigger operations in Afghanistan in the area of responsibility of Task Force Helmand since taking over responsibility in mid-May. The longest operation of the nine lasted four days. During operations the soldiers have searched through 344 building complexes …

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Poland joins Baltic States’ ammo procurement scheme, Czechs signal intent

Poland has joined the European Defence Agency Joint Procurement Initiative scheme for the common purchase of ammunition for the Carl Gustav recoilless rifle. The scheme, initiated by Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in March 2013 is run by the EDA, which acting as a central purchaser, pools and consolidates demand and …

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Infographic: Defending Estonia – the Estonian Defence Forces

During a March 2013 visit to NATO Headquarters by Estonia’s President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen remarked that “Estonia is an exemplary ally. Your troops are serving shoulder to shoulder with their NATO colleagues in one of the toughest parts of Afghanistan. They perform their duties with …

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Estonian Air Force upgrades night vision capability

The four Robinson R44 helicopters of the Estonian Air Force have been modified with night vision technology in order to expand their night-time air search and rescue and surveillance capability. The helicopters have been retrofitted with a night vision imaging system and external lighting which works alongside night vision goggles …

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