Estonia buys €40 million Spike antitank missile

Estonia buys €40 million Spike antitank missile

A deal procuring €40 million-worth of long-range anti-tank weaponry has been signed between Estonia and German arms company EuroSpike GmbH.

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The Centre for Defence Investment (RKIK), the state body responsible for defense procurement on behalf of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) and other organizations, and representatives of EuroSpike signed the framework agreement for the procurement on Thursday, BNS reports.

The agreement, signed by Priit Soosaar, head of procurements department at RKIK, and Günter Lauer and Roman Palaria of EuroSpike GmbH, lasts for seven years to a value of €40 million, and includes the option to purchase additional units.

In its initial purchase, Estonia is to acquire 18 anti-tank systems plus ammunition, and includes additional equipment, technical support and training.

The first EuroSpike weapons systems are to reach the EDF in Q3 2020, and will be utilized by the infantry brigade’s anti-tank companies. EuroSpike usage is to start at the end of next year.

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