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Estonia to order munitions in certainly one of its largest army purchases

Estonia is about to order a “vital amount” of so-called loitering munitions, to be delivered in 2024 to extend the space of its assaults, defence ministry stated on Saturday. The NATO and European Union member stated on Feb. 8 it believed Russia nonetheless had the energy to exert “credible army strain” on the Baltic area, the place the safety danger has risen for the medium and long-term. The loitering munitions, additionally referred to as “kamikaze drones”, cruise in the direction of their goal earlier than plummeting at velocity and detonating on affect. The acquisition of an unspecified quantity, set to be one of many largest in Estonia’s historical past, is anticipated to be concluded this quarter. It’s being made “with a purpose to considerably improve (Estonian) oblique fireplace functionality as a consequence of Russian aggression”, the defence ministry stated. U.S. Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin reiterated on Thursday america was able to defend the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania if required, and can preserve its army presence within the area.

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