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During reconstruction at Estonian base in 2024 allied air policing will move temporarily to Latvia
21.05.2023|Ministry of Defence

During reconstruction at Estonian base in 2024 allied air policing will move temporarily to Latvia

The Ämari Air Base in Estonia will undergo reconstruction in 2024, during which the Baltic airspace will be secured from Latvia and Lithuania. After the reconstruction is completed, the allied fighter jets will return to Estonia.  “Baltic defence cooperation really has strong wind under its...
Minister of Defence of Estonia, Hanno Pevkur, and Minister of Defence of Latvia, Ināra Mūrniece, at joint press conference in Riga, Latvia, on May 21, 2023. Foto: Armīns Janiks (MOD of Latvia/Aizsardzības ministrija)
21.05.2023|Ministry of Defence

Estonia and Latvia to begin medium-range air defence procurement negotiations with German manufacturer

In joint procurement for medium range air defence, Estonia and Latvia will start negotiations with the German weapons manufacturer Diehl Defence for acquiring the Iris-T SLM air defence system, announced defence ministers Hanno Pevkur and Ināra Mūrniece on Sunday in Riga. “I am very happy that...
Balti riikide kaitseministrite kohtumine. Foto: Gatis Dieziņš (MOD of Latvia / Aizsardzības ministrija)
19.05.2023|Ministry of Defence

Pevkur: Baltic States heading to Vilnius summit with common goals

At the meeting of the three defence ministers of the Baltic States, held 16 and 17 May in Latvia, defence ministers Hanno Pevkur, Ināra Mūrniece, and Arvydas Anušauskas discussed issues related to the NATO Vilnius Summit, assistance to Ukraine, air security, and Baltic training areas. According to...
Estonia´s Defence Minister and Chief of Defence meet with SACEUR
14.05.2023|Ministry of Defence

Estonia´s Defence Minister and Chief of Defence meet with SACEUR

Today, Minister of Defence of Estonia, Hanno Pevkur and Commander of Defence Forces, General Martin Herem met in Tallinn with NATO´s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Christopher Cavoli to discuss the security situation in the Baltic Sea region and topics related to the upcoming NATO Summit...
05.05.2023|Ministry of Defence

The Government of Estonia declared defence readiness exercise Okas for territorial defence units

The Government of Estonia decided to declare the defence readiness exercise Okas (Quill) with up to 607 members of territorial defence units ordered to participate in the snap exercise (SNAPEX). Exercise Okas is of a defensive manner, aimed at practicing national defence activities. There is no...
21.04.2023|Ministry of Defence

Pevkur and Reznikov signed defence cooperation agreement

Today in Ramstein at the Ukraine Defence Contact Group meeting, Estonian Minister of Defence Hanno Pevkur and Ukrainian Minister of Defence Oleskii Reznikov signed a defence cooperation agreement between Estonia and Ukraine. The agreement sets out continuing cooperation and information exchange in...
Estonia’s newest aid package includes mainly 155mm ammunition.
20.04.2023|Ministry of Defence

Estonia sending Ukraine urgently needed ammunition

At their first cabinet meeting, members of the new Estonia cabinet supported Minister of Defence Hanno Pevkur’s proposal to send Ukraine the artillery ammunition it so urgently needs, as part of the  European Union agreement to send Ukraine one million rounds of artillery ammunition. “The...
Defence Minister awards Colonel David Bevan, Commander of the NATO mission in Estonia, with a Order of Merit
31.03.2023|Ministry of Defence

Defence Minister awards Colonel David Bevan, Commander of the NATO mission in Estonia, with a Order of Merit

Today, Minister of Defence Hanno Pevkur awarded the Order of Merit of the Ministry of Defence, Second Class, to Colonel David Bevan, Commander of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) mission in Estonia, whose service in Estonia ended in March. Colonel Bevan served in Estonia for 2 years. "...
Statement by Ministry of Defence of Estonia on claims published in today´s Politico on Estonia´s aid to Ukraine
28.03.2023|Ministry of Defence

Statement by Ministry of Defence of Estonia on claims published in today´s Politico on Estonia´s aid to Ukraine

Estonia decided to send substantial amounts of military aid to Ukraine already before the Russian invasion, i.e. well before the EPF system to aid Ukraine was set up. This included anti-tank systems which were crucial to defend Kyiv in the early stage of the Russian invasion. Estonia has...
Minister of Defence recognized U.S. HIMARS platoon with mission medals
24.03.2023|Ministry of Defence

Minister of Defence recognized U.S. HIMARS platoon with mission medals

Minister of Defence Hanno Pevkur awarded mission medals to soldiers from the U.S High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) platoon at the Tapa Military Campus on Wednesday. “I sincerely thank you for your service in Estonia. Your presence has sent a clear message of deterrence, and our...

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