Within the framework of the current four-year development plan Estonian Ministry of Defence is set to acquire two force protection patrol boats built by an Estonian company Baltic Workboats AS. The contracts has a value of EUR 3.9 million. New boats are scheduled to be completed by the end of this year and enter into service with the Navy in 2021.
‘In the broader sense, the acquisition of new equipment sends a strong signal that we will continue the development of our national defence, which simply cannot be paused even in the middle of a crisis. However, it is important that we are also able to provide support in this way to the country's economy and people as they emerge from the crisis’, said Minister of Defence, Jüri Luik,
According to the head of the Estonian MoD the acquisition of new patrol boats will, in particular, enable to fill smaller naval capability gaps, something that has been needed for many years.
The main function of the patrol boats is to ensure force protection at sea and in ports of NATO and partner naval vessels visiting Estonia. The boats can also provide support in other tasks, as identifying foreign vessels, commanding units at sea, conducting exercises, securing live-fire exercises, providing navigation practice for the cadets, as well as supporting other state agencies, especially the Police and Border Guard.
Baltic Workboats AS has nearly 20 years of experience, similar type of patrol boats will also be built for the Omani police.
‘This is a very important contract for us at a very complicated time and we are very grateful that the Estonian state took such a bold step and turned directly to a local builder. Orders of this type create a much-needed reference for us, allowing us to participate in defence industry procurements in other parts of the world and thereby increase Estonian exports,’ said Margus Vanaselja, Chairman of the Management Board of Baltic Workboats AS.
Based on a press release from the Estonian MoD