Estonia to acquire Blue Spear coastal defense missile system



The Estonian military will acquire the Blue Spear missile system to improve coastal defense under a new contract signed with Proteus Advanced Systems, a joint venture of Israel Aerospace Industries and ST Engineering Land Systems.

The contract was concluded through the Estonian Center for Defense Investment, a military procurement organization set up by the country’s defense ministry.

Proteus Advanced Systems chief executive Ron Tryfus said the deal is the result of a partnership established about two years ago to commercialize surface-to-surface missiles for coastal protection, from land or sea. , as a way to maximize the footprint in the area. The development of the missile was announced in July 2020.

“This weapon system dramatically improves our coastal defense and sends a clear message that we are contributing to the regional and collective defense effort. Defense Minister Kalle Laanet said Wednesday. “It is one of the most complex and high-tech weapon systems of all time and a huge leap forward for the Estonian defense forces. I am very happy that Estonia has a defense industry capable of participating in such high-tech projects.

Estonian Navy Commander Juri Saska said the weapon system “Will be the cornerstone of Estonian naval defense for decades to come. ”

Tryfus and the company would not provide a contract value or delivery time, and ST Engineering would not comment on the agreement. However, Tryfus said the company faces a tight schedule to meet Estonia’s demands.

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