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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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Tallinn Manual – the international law in cyberspace

In 2007, Estonia faced cyber-attacks that have been widely acknowledged as the world’s first cyber war. At the peak of these attacks, fifty-eight Estonian websites were offline at once, including those of the government, most newspapers and banks. Even though the attacks were technically rather robust and there was nothing …

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Estonia urges the EU to rely less on US ‘clouds’

IT hub Estonia has urged the European Union to rely less on US firms for ‘cloud’ data storage, amid tensions over claims of US spying and data surveillance. “Recent months have proven once again that it’s very important for Europe to have its own data clouds that operate strictly under European …

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Moscow desires Russian missile shield over the Baltic States, Finland, Poland, Sweden, and Norway

Russia still wants to avoid elements of NATO’s anti-aircraft and anti-missile defence in close vicinity and proposes to the Alliance to divide Europe into responsibility areas, the Second Investigation Department under Lithuania’s Ministry of National Defence, in charge of military intelligence, said in a 2012 report on threats to national security. “Despite …

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Estonia celebrates the traditional Victory Day

Võidupüha or Victory Day is an Estonian public holiday, which has been celebrated on 23 June every year since 1934 until 1939 — and then again after the restoration of Estonian independence from 1992. Victory Day recalls the decisive battle during the War of Independence in which the Estonian military forces and …

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Saber Strike 2013 successfully concluded (video)

Saber Strike 2013 concluded last week, as training locations in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia held closing ceremonies to commemorate two weeks of multinational exercises in the Baltics. “The exercise was an extreme success,” said Col. Frederick Jessen, U.S. Army Europe’s contingency-command post officer in charge. “We partnered with numerous nations …

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