Palts defeats Russian army in Crimea
Former Tallinn mayor, businessman Tõnis Palts is defending real estate he owns on the Black Sea shore in Crimea and recently defeated the Russian defense ministry in court. The dispute is set to move to a higher instance court next.
30.03.2017, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Engineers want to cook spy drones
A defense industry development grants competition awarded financial support from the taxpayer to the visions of four companies. The realization of these visions would result in a unique solution for blinding camera drones, voice guidance for a pocket tank, eavesdropping on enemy communications, and a super-economical battery.
01.02.2017, Oliver KundPM
Center studying loyalty of young Russians
The International Center for Defense and Security (ICDS) is conducting a survey to determine attitudes of young Russian-speaking people in Estonia towards national defense and security, as well as their loyalty to the state. Executive manager of the center Dmitri Teperik said that some politicians and public figures have speculated at length on young Russians and a potential security risk, whereas there is no reliable data on the subject.
18.01.2017, Andres EinmannPM
Some 400 conscripts to start military service this week
Close to 400 conscripts are to start military service in the Estonian defense forces this week in the first call-up of the year.
The state needs warships, helicopters and coastal radar network
Estonia lacks an exhaustive image of what is happening in its territorial waters. Maritime defence is fragmented between three institutions, which can perform only a small amount of approximately fifty tasks, Estonia’s first detailed maritime security report reveals.
27.12.2016, Oliver KundPM
Estonian parlt gives defense forces mandate to participate in intl missions
The Riigikogu on Wednesday adopted nine decisions concerning the participation of up to 371 members of the Estonian defense forces in international missions in 2017.
Estonian defense forces to stage snap reserve exercise for 300
The Estonian defense forces will stage an extraordinary reservist training event from Dec. 2-5 as part of which more than 300 members of the 433rd infantry company of the Voru district of the Kaitseliit volunteer corps and reservists of the headquarters company who finished their conscript service in 2014 will be called up.
Retired U.S. general voices concern over Putin's moves in Baltic region
Retired U.S. General Jack Keane has raised concerns Russian President Vladimir Putin is plotting a military invasion of the Baltic countries to challenge president-elect Donald Trump and NATO countries, British media said.
Defense Forces to stage short-notice exercises
The Defense Forces will hold extremely short-notice additional training courses for reservists for the purposes of additional training, increased military preparedness, and battle worthiness checks.
16.11.2016, Madis VaikmaaPM
Estonian-made pocket tank in action for the first time
The Estonian defense industry presented its latest creation at the Defense Forces central testing polygon yesterday – an unmanned crawler-type vehicle with a Singapore-made 12.7 mm machine gun mounted to its chassis.
08.11.2016, Madis VaikmaaPM
Allied battalion to arrive in full in time for Spring Storm
If how individual equipment or units will arrive in Estonia next spring will become clear in the course of work, one thing seems to be certain – the NATO allied battalion will take part in the Spring Storm exercise as part of our 1st Infantry Battalion.
27.10.2016, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Fallon: UK to send tanks to Estonia
The force that the U.K. will deploy in Estonia as part of NATO deterrence measures in the spring would likely include tactical drones, Challenger 2 main battle tanks and Warrior armored infantry fighting vehicles, alongside 800 troops, British defense secretary Michael Fallon has said.
First IFVs arrive in Estonia
The first of the infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) CV9035 bought from the Netherlands arrived in Estonia on Friday.
Almost 1200 young people, including 12 women start conscript service in Estonia
In all 1171 young people, including 12 women volunteers, started conscript service in the Estonian defense forces as part of the autumn call-up that took place this week.
Government to boost security of hundreds of buildings
State agencies, the Estonian National Museum, certain bridges, server rooms, and backup generators of hospitals are just some of the things to be added to the government's new list of objects of national security relevance. The latter will have to take more stringent security measures against potential attacks.
21.09.2016, Oliver KundPM
Estonia will not participate in bilateral defense-related talks with Russia
Estonia will not accept the invitation of the Russian Ministry of Defense to hold bilateral defense-related consultations in Moscow.
Estonian defense co Milrem to expand Tallinn workshop
The Estonian defense industry company AS Milrem is to expand its Tallinn workshop due to different development and cooperation projects, and will soon announce a construction tender.
Galerii ja video: rüütlist pingviin sai brigaadikomandöri auastme (1)
Edinburghi loomaaias viidi läbi tseremoonia, kus ühele pingviinile anti brigaadikomandöri auaste.
24.08.2016, Johanna VahuriPM
Independence regained: the tense days twenty five years ago
On 20 August 1991, Estonia declared formal independence during the Soviet military coup attempt in Moscow, reconstituting the pre-1940 state. Every year, 20 August is celebrated as the day of Restoration of Independence.
Editorial: on Russia's August curse
The August curse is a perceived phenomenon in Russia, in which tragic events are felt to occur unusually often in the month of August. All sorts of natural and supernatural explanations have been presented for the phenomenon.
US fighter jets F-15C arrive in Estonia
Twelve fighter jets F-15C from the 493rd Fighter Squadron of the U.S. Air Force landed at the Estonian Amari air base on Friday for joint air drills slated to begin on Monday.
Defence Forces commemorate WWII fallen
Saturday, July 30 chaplains of Estonian Defence Forces laid wreaths at the Sinimäe Memorial and Red Army Soldiers´ monument in east Estonia to pay respects for all those fallen and injured in Sinimäe battle during the Second World War.
Vahva video: Lõuna-Korea sõdurpoisid balletitunnis
Lõuna-Korea sõdurid võisid varem arvata, et ballett on mingi plikade värk, kuid kui nad ise proovisaali piruette tegema pandi, muutsid nad kiirelt oma arvamust.
19.07.2016, Dagmar LampPM
Editorial: a moment of truth for Erdoğan
These days, we mainly hear of military coups in African and South-Asian nations only. Therefore, the clips of shooting in central Ankara and Istanbul with tanks on streets and choppers and fighters above come across as shocking. Seeing this is a NATO member and a vital partner for the EU.
Turks are preparing for worse
Two days after the attempted coup, life in Istanbul is back to its usual rhythm. Yesterday morning, the city was quiet. Equipped with ladders and lifts, working men were setting up Turkish flags of various sizes.
18.07.2016, Peeter Raudsik in IstanbulPM
Eerik-Niiles Kross: Brexit significantly worsens security situation
Short-term, Brexit will surely and significantly worsen the security situation; possibly, the long-term security situation will deteriorate in all of Northern Europe, writes Riigikogu member Eerik-Niiles Kross (Reform Party).
28.06.2016, Eerik-Niiles KrossPM
NATO Force Integration Unit gets own house
Established a year ago and thus far operating in a section of the Defence Forces headquarters, the 41-member NATO Force Integration Unit today receives a building of its own. As proven by the recent Trident Juncture 2016 exercises, Estonia is now in full readiness to receive NATO Response Force as urgency arises.
13.06.2016, Oliver KundPM
Aegean Sea stirs storms between neighbouring Greece and Turkey
Since the 1970’s Greece and Turkey faced quite a few bilateral crises which in many cases brought the two countries on the brink of serious accidents or even conflict.
08.06.2016, Vassilis Nedos, AthensPM
Live broadcast: international cyber conflict conference CyCon 2016
8th International Conference on Cyber Conflict is held on 1-3 June 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia.
Estonian companies to gain fair access to US defense procurements
Estonia and the United States have recently reached an agreement which would provide Estonian companies the same access to defense-related public procurements as the U.S. companies have.
Experts say lion's share of NATO leak is hot air
The picture painted before media eyes in Norway by leaked NATO report regarding Russian special units in Estonia is exaggerated and only partially reflects reality, think the experts.
04.05.2016, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: the outcome of Russia's crazy game
Referring to US deputy defence secretary Robert Work, The Wall Street Journal wrote on April 29th that in response to Russian aggressiveness NATO would boost its presence in Baltics and Poland by four battalions i.e. a contingent of 4,000 men. This still is too little when compared to Russian western military district of up to 350,000 men or the close to 100,000 of troops who have in recent years participated in exercises on Russia's western edge. Much more important, however, is the message therewith sent to Kremlin.
Merkel says Germany would agree to greater involvement in Baltic defense
Chancellor Angela Merkel says that Germany would agree to contribute more to the defense of the Baltic states, but does not elaborate in what form.
Reason behind Russian border provocations: something bad is coming
The upcoming season 6 of the insanely popular TV series Game of thrones has a catchy tag line – winter is coming. The menace of the obvious threat grows in the cold shadows, almost unchecked as everyone is involved in a bickering fight over the Iron throne.
20.04.2016, Vaidas Saldžiūnas, VilniusPM
Russia should not be allowed to perceive it can act unchallenged
NATO needs to decisively acknowledge Russian danger in Baltic Sea region and significantly increase presence of ground and air forces, as well as of navy says a fresh report.
20.04.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
NATO advised to boost presence on Baltic Sea
The Defence Committee of the Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament) commissioned ICDS to conduct a study on the strategic balance in the Baltic Sea region with aim to contribute, in the run up to the Warsaw Summit, to the discussion on the optimum Alliance military posture in the region. Underneath find its assumptions, findings and recommendations.
19.04.2016, Henrik Praks, Director of ABCDPM
Six allies to send company-sized units to Estonia's Spring Storm exercise
More than 1,000 allied soldiers are to take part in Estonia's annual Spring Storm military exercise in May this year and six countries intend to take part with a company-sized unit.
Estonia to buy mortar ammunition from Israeli company
The Estonian defense forces and the Israeli company Elbit Systems have signed a framework agreement under which Elbit Systems will supply ammunition for 120-millimeter mortars of the Estonian defense forces in the coming years.
Estonian foreign intelligence: Russia to increase military power in Baltic direction
Russia has been constantly increasing its military capacity in the direction of the Baltic countries and has also increased the capacity and complexity of exercises, it can be seen from the first annual report of the Estonian Information Board (EIB).
Report: Biggest military conflict danger in Baltics arises from Russia's misconceptions
According to the Estonian Information Board (EIB) the biggest danger of a conflict arising in the Baltic countries derives from the Russian administration's misconceptions.
Wind farms interfering with military radar images
Defence ministry has declined to okay plans for many a wind park in Estonia as turbine blades interfere with image in air surveillance radars. Officials say best spots for parks, with national defence in view, are Pärnu and Viljandi Counties.
03.03.2016, Andres EinmannPM
Estonia's Milrem signs cooperation agreement with Singaporean defense industry co
The Estonian defense company Milrem and Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd.(STK) concluded on Thursday at the Singapore Airshow a cooperation agreement for further development of unmanned tracked vehicle applications.
Russian helicopter violates Estonia's airspace
The Estonian Foreign Ministry has delivered a protest to the Russian ambassador after a Russian Mi-8 helicopter violated the Estonian airspace near the border guard base of Vasknarva shortly before noon on Thursday.
Palts fights for Crimea dream resort
Former Mayor of Tallinn and Riigikogu member, Tõnis Palts (62) is among the few foreign investors to not abandon his business in Crimea after it was assumed by Russia. Furthermore: toughing it out, he is battling in court both with city of Sevastopol and Russian defence ministry to protect his lot worth dozens of millions of dollars.
16.02.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Editorial: the art of reading reports restfully
Of the report of the US think-tank Rand Corporation the slogan-like idea stood out that Russia may take Baltics by blitzkrieg if it so desires. Let such reports be read with an attitude of rest, though – carefully and thoughtfully while not overly dramatizing the details regarding conclusions drawn.
NATO squeezed by Kaliningrad bottleneck
Predicting occupation of Tallinn and Riga in less than 60 hours, a RAND Corporation report does underestimate Estonian defence capacity but points out the cold hard facts of gaping holes in deterrence capability of the Baltics which they believe need to be fixed latest by NATO summit in Warsaw.
16.02.2016, Oliver KundPM
Estonian soldiers may return to Iraq - defense minister
Estonia's ability to contribute to the fight against the Sunni extremist group IS is limited, but one way to do this is to send to Iraq instructors of the defense forces to train local armed forces, Defense Minister Hannes Hanso told.
15.02.2016, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
Estonia allots €40m to house allies
Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas said the government is allotting a total of €40m in 2015–2019 for the accommodation of allied troops. In this year alone, the state intends to invest €10.1m.
Bill to grant military intelligence right to collect info outside Estonia
Estonian Ministry of Defense is seeking opinions on a bill which, among other things, would give military intelligence the right to collect information outside Estonia.
Estonia-Norway combat vehicle deal triggers war of words
The recent decision to purchase 37 combat vehicle hulls from Norway has turned acrimonious as the enterprise beaten at procurement accuses defence ministry of large scale waste of taxpayer money. To refute the accusations, ministry agreed to disclose details.
25.01.2016, Oliver KundPM
US drone to perform flight over Estonia
A U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle RQ-4 Global Hawk is to fly in Estonian airspace on Monday.
Editorial: with NATO, or without?
These past years, Russia has not shown itself the trustworthiest of neighbours. As a result, the nations near it are seeking additional guarantees of security.
Combat vehicles blessed with sisters
Updating its military equipment, Norway is selling Estonia 37 used hulls of armoured vehicles, each for the price of a small car. The exceptionally favourable deal is to bolster the Eastern border of NATO and fill a hole in Estonia's armoured maneuverability.
05.01.2016, Oliver KundPM
Spain, Belgium to take over responsibility for NATO Baltic air policing
Spain and Belgium will take over responsibility for the NATO air policing mission in the Baltic countries at the beginning of January.
Estonian defense forces receive first batch of Mistral M3 missiles
Estonia on Thursday received as the first foreign country the first batch of Mistral M3 missiles.
US think tank suggests creating Baltic nuclear weapons free zone
According to a report published by the U.S. think tank Stimson Center on Tuesday, the danger of nuclear war in the Baltic-Nordic region is small, but it could be reduced further by setting up a nuclear weapons free zone which would be managed by neutral countries in the region.
Editorial: Europe headed towards collective defence
Right after the tragic Friday, it was obvious that France was not going to be left alone in fighting ISIS. Meanwhile, the way military assistance is being provided sets a presedence and may lead towards improved defence cooperation in European Union.
Incoming foreign intelligence chief says Russia is playing itself into international picture
A long-time chancellor at defence ministry, come New Year Mikk Marran (37) will assume leadership of Estonia's foreign intelligence, the Information Board. Drawing on his current job at the ministry while peeking into the future, he admits to be troubled by Russia's deepening aggressiveness and closeness.
18.11.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Minister: Estonia is ready to help France
Commenting on a request by France for help with its military operations abroad and support in its fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, Estonia's Defense Minister Hannes Hanso said Estonia is ready to support France.
New U.S. unit to arrive at Tapa base Friday
Personnel of the new rotation of troops of the U.S. Army deployed to Estonia as part of the operation Atlantic Resolve are scheduled to arrive at the Tapa military base on Friday.
US expert: Moscow wouldn't respond to Finland's, Sweden's NATO membership with force
Barry M. Blechman, co-founder of the Stimson Center think tank, said he doesn't believe Moscow would respond in a military way if Sweden and Finland were to join NATO.
Rising defence spending in all of NATO looks unlikely
Though members of NATO pledged last fall to increase their defense spending to 2 percent of their gross domestic products by 2024, it is unrealistic to assume that this goal will ever be reached by all 28 allies, says Carnegie Europe head Jan Techau.
19.10.2015, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Members of Estonian special forces to help train Ukrainian military
Members of the special operations forces of Estonia will start service in Ukraine this fall to help train Ukrainian military personnel alongside other allies.
Setting up F-22 base in Estonia doesn't make sense militarily - air force chief
The commander of the Estonian Air Force, Col. Jaak Tarien, says deployment of F-22 Raptor jets in Estonia would not be justified militarily.
Editorial: what do we christen this Budget?
Each fall, politicians and at times even observers are seeking a name for the state budget to sum up its fundamental features, or flaws. This time, both pros and cons will be hard pressed as substantial surprises are difficult to detect.
One of world's largest aircraft lands at Amari base
On Wednesday one of the largest transport aircraft in the world, a C-5M Super Galaxy of the U.S. Air Force, landed at the Estonian Amari air base.
Estonian firm presents unmanned military hybrid
Estonia is gradually developing domestic defence industry: at DSEI exhibition in London yesterday, defence technology developer AS Milrem presented first unmanned military crawler propelled by hybrid engine.
16.09.2015, Aivar PauPM
Estonia can count on US support - Dempsey
Estonia can count on U.S. military support, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey reaffirmed on Tuesday.
USA seeks ways to boost Baltic defence
The swampy Baltic terrain, outdated international agreements, bottlenecks in transit roads and holes in defence capacity make it difficult to move military units here, lists the US defence ministry's journal Stars and Stripes in an article published last Friday, citing reasons for updating the Baltic defence strategy.
08.09.2015, Jürgen TammePM
US F-22 jets arrive in Estonia
Two F-22 Raptor tactical stealth fighters of the U.S. Air Force arrived in Estonia on Friday.
First Javelins to reach Estonia on Friday
The first batch of Javelin anti-tank missile systems purchased last year will reach Estonia this Friday.
Baltic Workboats building 19 landing boats for Austrian military for EUR 3 mln
The Saaremaa, Estonia based boat manufacturer Baltic Workboats is about to build 19 smaller landing boats for the Austrian military for altogether three million euros.