GALLERY: First troops learn to use Javelin anti-tank missiles ({{commentsTotal}})

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Author: (Siim Teder/Estonian Defense Forces)

The first Javelin anti-tank missile systems arrived in Estonia at the end of last week. First groups of future instructors have already began a three-week course on how to use the new weapons.

At the end on 2014, Estonia purchased 80 weapons systems from the US, in a deal worth 40 million euros in a hope that the Javelins will improve Estonia’s capability to meet current and future threats and provide greater security.

The Estonian Defense Forces currently use MILAN and MAPATS systems, so the Javelin system represents a significant upgrade.

US army officers will train 40 instructors in Estonia, who will then go on to teach members of the Defense Forces and the Defense League, as well as conscripts to use the anti-tank missiles.

The new systems will be fully deployed in 2016-2018.

Editor: M. Oll