The Estonian Ministry of Defense recently announced that its navy has been equipped with a new batch of Blue Spear sea-to-sea missiles from the Israeli state defense concern Aviation Industry. These fifth generation missiles, with a range of 200 kilometers, are part of the Gabriel anti-ship missile system and come with two guidance systems and electronic warfare capabilities.
This is the third country whose fleet has received these new missiles, following Israel and Finland. Both Israel and Finland control the exit from the Gulf of Finland, where the new missiles will be deployed. The Singapore Navy’s Formidable class frigates are also set to be equipped with these missiles.
As part of this announcement, the Estonian Ministry of Defense also revealed that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Aviation Industry to further strengthen their cooperation in defense matters. The MoU covers areas such as joint research and development projects, information sharing, and military exercises.
The Estonian government has been investing heavily in modernizing its military capabilities in recent years, including upgrading its naval forces. The Blue Spear missiles represent a significant addition to Estonia’s arsenal and will provide it with enhanced protection against potential threats in the Baltic Sea region.
Overall, this news highlights the importance of international partnerships in defense matters and underscores Estonia’s commitment to maintaining its security interests in the face of increasing regional tensions.