Estonian Defense Minister Urmas Reinsalu said that among the acquisitions sought by the military are infantry fighting vehicles from the Netherlands. (RAIGO PAJULA/AFP)
WARSAW — Estonia’s Army is planning to spend €111.5 million (US $155 million) on procurement this year to accelerate the modernization of the country’s armed forces under the National Defense Development Plan for 2013-2022. The planned acquisitions include weapons, vehicles and ammunition, reported local broadcaster ERR.
Moreover, Estonian Defense Minister Urmas Reinsalu recently filed a proposal to launch talks on acquiring CV9035 NL infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) from the Netherlands. Estonia is aiming to purchase 44 such vehicles.
“The Defense Ministry has been successful in negotiations with our allies,” Reinsalu told local news site delfi.ee. “It is possible we will receive [the first batch] of the infantry fighting vehicles next year.”
Under the plan, the deal will also cover training for Estonian troops and maintenance and a support and maintenance package. The amount of the planned purchase was not disclosed by the Defense Ministry.
Reinsalu said the acquisition is needed because of the “changed security situation” of his country. Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia have been among the most vocal critics of Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.
One of the key priorities set by the National Defense Development Plan is establishment of a mechanized infantry brigade. ■