Today in Brussels at the sidelines of the informal meeting of defence ministers of the European Union, Estonian Minister of Defence Hanno Pevkur and Minister of Defence of Luxembourg Yuriko Backes exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding, with which Luxembourg will contribute 12 million euros towards the renovation of the Ämari Air Base.
“With this contribution from Luxembourg, we will improve the quality of our air base, which will help us better support and service allied fighter jets and our own planes in Ämari. This is an excellent example of Allies contributing directly to the security of the whole region. We are very grateful to our Allies in Luxembourg for strengthening the security of Estonia and the wider region,” said Minister of Defence Hanno Pevkur.
“The Baltic Air Policing mission is an essential activity to maintain peace and security in NATO’s airspace and Luxembourg is proud to already contribute via the provision of refuelling capabilities and now through the renovation of the Ämari Air Base. With this financial contribution, Luxembourg is not only supporting our ally Estonia, it is also an investment into our common effort of securing NATO airspace and therefore an investment into our very own security,” said Minister of Defence Yuriko Backes.
The total cost of the renovation of the Ämari Air Base will total 18,5 million euros. The renovation will take place from March to October in 2024, during which time the Baltic Air Policing fighter jets will operate from the Lielvārde Air Base in Latvia, with only allied helicopters landing in Ämari. After the renovation is completed, the fighters will return to Ämari.
Luxembourg has financially supported air policing in Ämari also in previous years, as well as the construction of a training centre for unmanned aerial vehicles in Nurmsi.
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