Estonian Defence Minister Jüri Luik has approved a new Ministry of Defence (MoD) development plan for 2021-24, his ministry announced on its website on 19 February. The plan aims to improve situational awareness, communication capabilities, and the equipment of units, the MoD added. This will include NATO-compliant maritime surveillance and the development of a tactical communications system that is interoperable with Estonia's allies.
Luik said EUR200 million (USD216 million) would be invested over the four years covered by the plan in intelligence and early warning and communications at various levels. By 2024, the Estonian Defence Forces will be equipped with modern command and communications systems and anti-tank weapons, the 1st Infantry Brigade will include three armoured infantry battalions, and the 1st Infantry Brigade's mobility and ability to assemble quickly will be improved, according to Luik. Over the next four years, handguns, assault and sniper rifles, anti-tank missile systems, and anti-tank grenade launchers will arrive, and self-propelled artillery will be deployed, the Estonian MoD said.
Combat service support battalions, combat engineer battalions, a logistics battalion, a military police company, six more territorial defence companies, and a new cyber command will be fully equipped, the ministry added.
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