Posts tagged as Defence Forces

Defence Forces introduce mandatory Estonian classes for conscripts

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) have introduced mandatory Estonian language classes to teach recruits who need to improve their speaking and grammar skills. It is estimated that about 300 recruits each year will need to undergo language classes, ERR reported. Classes are taught two days a week and in the conscripts free time. Conscripts will learn military vocabulary and Estonian grammar from A2 level upwards. Major Arvo Jõesalu, chief of…

Some 100 allied tanks, armoured vehicles expected in Estonia by late April

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Including the Estonian Defence Forces’ own resources as well as allied equipment currently in the area, there are currently some 300 tanks and armoured vehicles in Estonia, the Ministry of Defence told ERR. As a result of measures taken as part of NATO’s enhanced forward presence, there are currently some 300 armoured vehicles in Estonia, including 20 tanks of allied forces, ERR’s Estonian online news wrote on Wednesday. The total…

Sig Sauer sees second arms procurement appeal overturned

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Arms manufacturer Sig Sauer Inc. has seen its appeal over the procurement of arms for the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF), contracted out to a rival company, overturned. The public procurement dispute review committee rejected the Sig Sauer appeal, over the purchase of automatic rifles by the Estonian Center for Defense Investment (ECDI), in a contract awarded to US arms manufacturer Lewis Machine & Tool Company (LMT). The appeal was the…

Riigikogu defence committee not commenting on defence procurement in future

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Riigikogu’s national defence committee has said it will not be commenting to the media on Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) tenders for arms, following the use of their comments by commercial arms manufacturers in contesting tenders. A large-scale procurement of new firearms was hit with a setback on Thursday after the Ministry of Finance’s extrajudicial Public Procurement Review Committee annulled a decision awarding the contract to US arms manufacturer Lewis…

Russian causing tensions because it feels confused

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Commander-in-Chief of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) Gen. Riho Terras believes that the Russian Federation is stirring up tensions because it feels cornered and confused, and that such tensions could continue for the next couple of decades. Speaking to Daily Eesti Päevaleht (EPL), Gen. Terras, who is retiring soon, noted that countries bordering the Russian Federation in particular need to exercise vigilance. ”The biggest tensions can be found in Moldova,…

Defence Forces are ending the active search for the missing AMRAAM missile

Friday, August 17, 2018

Today Estonian Defence Forces decided to end the active searches for a missing AMRAAM missile accidentally shot from Spanish fighter in Estonian airspace last Tuesday, but will stay ready to react and continue the search if new information arises. “All theoretical ground hitting points of the missile are now carefully searched. During the past two weeks, we employed three helicopters, five ground patrols and fifty men large units for the…

Defence Forces fail to find Spanish Eurofighter missile in Endla reserve

Monday, August 13, 2018

After a thorough search, the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) on Saturday concluded their effort to find a missile a Spanish Eurofighter accidentally fired earlier this week in the Endla nature reserve. They found neither the missile nor any evidence that it could have reached the ground in the area. The search for the missile’s possible place of impact will be continued using the Air Force’s resources, spokespeople at the headquarters…

Conscript injured in grenade blast during training

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A conscript serving in the Viru Infantry Battalion was injured after making an error launching a grenade during training at the Estonian Defence Forces’ (EDF) Sirgala Training Ground in Ida-Viru County. According to initial information, the conscript was practicing throwing hand grenades when a grenade fell from their hand into the trench. Both the conscript and their instructor took cover, however the conscript sustained injureies in the blast, the Headquarters…

Defence Forces cyber command takes up operations

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The new cyber command of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) became operational on Wednesday, uniting all the different authorities and departments within the competency of the Ministry of Defence. According to Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (Pro Patria), that Estonia introduces a cyber command specifically dedicated to identifying and fending off threats in cyberspace is only natural. “Estonia is a cyber state, which also means there is a need to…