June 8, 2021
In early June, the United States delivered $14.9 million worth of 155mm artillery ammunition to the Estonian Defense Forces and $2.7 million worth of mobile radars (AN/TSQ-288) to the Estonian Navy to support Estonia’s defense and maritime domain awareness capabilities. Over the next several weeks, the U.S. Navy will support the Estonian Navy with technical training on the radars. The Estonian Defense Forces Support Command supported these deliveries.
The United States European Command’s Building Partner Capacity Program (BPC) funded the ammunition and radars through Fiscal Year 2018 and 2019 appropriations. These deliveries further strengthen U.S.-Estonian defense cooperation while ensuring interoperability among NATO Allies. The equipment delivery to the Estonian Defense Forces is part of multiple, ongoing BPC programs in Estonia. These programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and are designed to complement Estonia’s national efforts to enhance defensive capabilities.
The United States has provided and continues executing over $240 million in security assistance programs to Estonia funded between 2015 and 2020.
In 2021, U.S. funding for security assistance to Estonia will include more than $50 million for integrated air and missile defense equipment and training; aircraft recovery and firefighting equipment and training; communications networks and radios; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment; and shore-based maritime domain awareness systems. This funding includes more than $40 million from the United States Department of Defense’s BPC program and $10 million from the United States Department of State Foreign Military Financing program. The US Department of State also provides $1.2 million in International Military Education and Training funds annually for Estonian Defense Forces students to attend US military education courses.
The United States Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation in Estonia works in close cooperation with the Estonian Ministry of Defense, Defense Forces, and Center for Defense Investment to complement Estonia’s significant defense investments. The United States and Estonia jointly participate in multiple exercises and military-to-military engagements each year.