Estonia to acquire Blue Spear coastal defence​ missile system

Estonia’s military is to acquire the Blue Spear missile system to improve coastal defence under a new contract signed with Proteus Advanced Systems, a joint venture of Israel Aerospace Industries and ST Engineering Land Systems.

The contract was made through the Estonian Centre for Defence Investment, a military procurement organization set up by the country’s Defence Ministry.

Proteus Advanced Systems’ general manager, Ron Tryfus, said the deal is a result of a partnership established about two years ago to market the surface-to-surface missiles for coastal protection, either from land or sea, as a way to maximize each company’s foothold in the sector. Development of the missile was announced in July 2020.

“This weapon system substantially improves our coastal defense and sends a clear message that we are contributing to the regional and collective defence effort,” Defence Minister Kalle Laanet said Wednesday. “This is one of the most complex and high-tech weapon systems of all time and a huge leap forward for the Estonian Defence Forces. I am very glad that Estonia has a defense industry capable of participating in such high-tech projects.”

The commander of the Estonian Navy, Juri Saska, said the weapon system “will form the cornerstone of Estonian naval defence for decades to come.”

Tryfus and the company would not provide a contract value or a delivery timeline, and ST Engineering would not comment on the deal. However, Tryfus did say the company faces a tight time schedule to meet Estonia’s requirements.

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