Defense industry company Milworks passed the assessment organized by the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) and obtained the necessary activity license to support the weapons systems of the Estonian Defense Forces (EDF).
According to managing director Ingvar Pärnamäe of Milworks, the company is the first engaged in the maintenance and repair of military equipment in Estonia that has received a corresponding activity license.
Pärnamäe said: "In order to obtain the permit, we had to prove that it is possible to safely store and handle weapons in our company. This means reorganizing some work segments, investing in additional security measures, and verifying the reliability of our employees and subcontractors during background checks. It took almost a year and a half to gather all the required data and streamline the company's rules of procedure."
According to Pärnamäe, the company is ready to support any complex equipment and weapon systems that the Estonian defense forces are procuring now and in the future. "Until now, the defense forces have had to rely primarily on their capabilities. At the same time, in situations where solving more complex problems requires the contribution of industrial partners, involving domestic service providers is more reasonable in terms of time and money than bringing foreign experts to Estonia or transporting weapons systems abroad."
He added that obtaining the activity license creates preconditions for performing maintenance and repair work on the current equipment of the defense forces.
Pärnamäe explained: "Milworks is a party to the repair and maintenance of Estonia's CV90 infantry fighting vehicles and the permit significantly simplifies the armored vehicle maintenance process -- thanks to the activity license, the armored vehicle can enter our premises along with the main weapon in its tower and difficult disassembly is eliminated."
Milworks is the official Estonian representative of LMT Defense, the manufacturer of automatic weapons R20 Rahe, which have just arrived in Estonia. Once the workshop has been licensed, Milworks can also carry out warranty work and maintenance and repair of the new automatic weapons.
When obtaining an activity license for the handling of weapons systems, the strict standards provided for in the Weapons Act are followed, which concern the company's operating procedures, documentation and personnel.
Milworks focuses on the maintenance, repair and reconstruction of national defense equipment and armaments. Milworks' main customer is the Estonian Defense Forces, but the company also has a framework agreement with the Latvian defense forces and services are also provided to other power structures. The company is mainly focused on the maintenance and repair of military vehicles and several formation machines.
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste