Estonia, Latvia and Finland hoping to reach defense cooperation in 4 years

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Armored vehicles. Source: Kermo Pastarus

Estonia, Latvia and Finland signed a joint technical agreement on the development of armored vehicles aimed at joint procurement, which could lead to comprehensive defense cooperation between the three countries.

Pasi armored vehicles manufactured in Finland are currently in use by the Defense Forces, which has approximately 100 vehicles. These are old and need to be replaced within the next decade, ETV current affairs show "Aktuaalne kaamera" reported. 

The Patria plant in Finland is promoting a three-axle or 6x6 armored prototype developed a few years ago. Whether this will result in a new Finnish-Baltic joint armor will be determined after the procurement. Pasi seems like a logical choice because it is familiar.

Both Finland and Estonia buy artillery cannons from Korea and creating a joint armored support vehicle would be beneficial to both countries.

The vehicles are currently used by UN peacekeeping and foreign missions where the armored vehicle performs the task of a combat machine.

"Both Afghanistan and Iraq were dominated by self-made explosive devices, which at times were very powerful. This made it a requirement to add more armor to the vehicles," Salm said.

So far, Estonia has purchased air surveillance radars with Finland and ammunition with Latvia.

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