Estonian Defence Forces receive next batch of Javelin missiles from US ({{commentsTotal}})

U.S. Javelin missiles sent to the EDF arrived in Estonia on Monday. Dec. 11, 2017.
U.S. Javelin missiles sent to the EDF arrived in Estonia on Monday. Dec. 11, 2017. Source: (mil.ee)

The Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) on Monday received another batch of missiles for the Javelin antitank system procured with U.S. funding allocated for supporting European security measures.

 

The newer Javelin Block-1 type missiles that arrived in Estonia on Monday are faster and more powerful than their predecessors, the Block-0 type missiles previously sent to Estonia, according to an EDF press release.

"Compared to first-generation missiles, Block-1 type missiles have a more advanced motor," said Maj. Risto Pärtel. "The missile's software has also been developed and the warhead's capacity increased, which ensures faster speeds and increased destructiveness of the missile."

A total of €33 million worth of missiles are to be delivered to Estonia in the framework of the program, financed from funding allocated in 2014 for the support of European security measures.

The Javelin antitank system are used by the EDF, where it is gradually replacing the Milan missile system previously in use, as well as by the volunteer Estonian Defence League.

Editor: Aili Vahtla



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