Estonia proposes defense industrial park to produce munitions

The Ministry of Defense of Estonia announced on January 10, 2024 the signing of a proposal for the development of a defense industrial park in Estonia for the production of ammunition of various calibers.

This the aim of the move is to boost European ammunition production capacitywhich is considered insufficient given the current security environment and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Estonian Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur emphasized the importance of this project in strengthening the nation’s defense capabilities and supporting allies by offering locally produced ammunition. The Ministry of Defense is also exploring the possibility of setting up an explosives production facility in Estonia.

The design and environmental assessment phase is expected to take approximately 1.5 years, after which construction can begin. First production run is expected in about 2.5 years from now (2026/7).

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This development marks an important step in Estonia’s commitment to strengthening its defense industry and contributing to the wider European security landscape.

At a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council of the Council of the European Union on 16 November 2023, Pevkur criticized the inaction of EU decision-makers on increasing ammunition production, before announcing a four-year commitment to spend 30% of Estonia’s defense budget for ammunition production. “Today we are in a situation where we have to make real decisions, not discuss the need to make decisions. With our actions, Estonia aims to show the way,” Pevkur said.

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The Ammunition Support Production (ASAP) Act, signed on July 7, called on EU member states to replenish their ammunition supplies to provide one million rounds for Ukraine and jointly procure further ammunition.

Pevkur criticized the EU for not meeting the expectations it set in spring 2023 for the supply of ammunition, drawing attention to the inaction of other parties in the EU. to increase production, we have to refurbish ammunition and source from third countries. Expired ammo cannot be wasted. “



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