Estonia and Luxembourg cooperating in unmanned aerial vehicle training

Jüri Luik (Isamaa), the Minister of Defence, signing an agreement
Jüri Luik (Isamaa), the Minister of Defence, signing an agreement Source: The Ministry of Defence (Kaitseministeerium)

The Ministers of Defense of Estonia and Luxembourg have signed a cooperation agreement in the fields of unmanned aerial vehicle training and satellite communication.

Kusti Salm, Director of the Centre for Defence Investments (ECDI), noted that with the agreement, Estonia will allow for the training of unmanned aerial vehicles belonging to the Luxembourg Armed Forces within Estonian airspace, and a training centre building will be built at Koigi airfield in Järva County for this purpose.

Salm said in a ministry press release: "The agreement with Luxembourg is a rare example of how cordial relations between small countries bring not only political benefits but real progress in training and the introduction of new technologies."

The building will include classrooms, storage, equipment maintenance, accommodation and the necessary leisure and sanitary facilities.

According to the agreement, the building will be used jointly by units from Luxembourg, the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) and the Defence League.

The infrastructure is being built by the ECDI and funded by Luxembourg's Directorate of Defence. Design work will begin this year, with construction set to begin in the first half of 2021.


Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein

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