Estonia's Defense to Receive High-Tech Boost with French Artillery

Written by Camilla Jessen

Apr.02 - 2024 10:08 AM CET

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Estonia announces plans to procure 18 advanced Caesar self-propelled guns.

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Estonia is set to enhance its military capabilities with the acquisition of 18 modern French Caesar self-propelled artillery units, as announced by the Estonian Minister of Defense, Hanno Pevkur.

A Strategic Upgrade

In an interview with Postimees, Minister Pevkur stated that these 155-mm artillery units are central to the defense forces' current weapons procurement strategy. Designed for rapid deployment and high mobility, the Caesar units will be pivotal in enhancing Estonia's artillery capabilities.

The plan includes the formation of a new battalion equipped with these advanced units, which will operate under the direct command of the 1st Division. This strategic move not only boosts the Estonian Defense Forces' operational readiness but also significantly enhances its firepower.

Enhancing Naval Capabilities

In addition to the artillery upgrade, Estonia has another major defense project planned – the construction of a new naval ship.

Breaking from traditional procurement practices, the Estonian government intends to undertake the ship's construction domestically. Minister Pevkur estimates the project's cost to be in the range of 30-40 million euros.

These developments come at a time when Estonia is actively participating in international defense collaborations and showing unwavering support for Ukraine amidst ongoing conflicts in the region.

On a recent visit to Kyiv, Minister Pevkur announced a new package of military aid for Ukraine valued at 20 million euros.

Moreover, on the 20th anniversary of Estonia's accession to NATO, Prime Minister Kaia Kallas voiced strong support for Ukraine's bid to join the Alliance.

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