US and Estonia sign a defence research agreement

Estonia and the United States signed an agreement last week, reinforcing cooperation in research, development, testing and evaluation activities between the US defence department and the Estonian ministry of defence.

The agreement was signed by the deputy assistant secretary of defence for Europe and NATO, Jim Townsend, and the Estonian ambassador to the United States, Eerik Marmei.

“The agreement facilitates collaborative efforts to enhance defence capabilities across a wide spectrum of activities, including basic and applied research, advanced technology development, advanced component and prototype development, system development and demonstration, and evolutionary acquisition and spiral development,” a spokesperson for the the US department of defence, Henrietta Levin, said in a statement. “It also permits the establishment of working groups and the transfer of equipment and material to improve collaboration and innovation.”

US and Estonia defence research agreement

“Estonia is renowned for its leadership in cybersecurity, e-governance, and innovation,” Levin added, “and is home to revolutionary communications companies and innovative defence-technology companies.”

Both Estonia and the United States expect this agreement to lead to mutually beneficial technological advances, she noted.


Cover: Milrem, Estonian hybrid unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), was recently presented to key American defence suppliers.

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