Estonia has signed a cooperation agreement with the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A) for the development of intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and command and control capabilities.

Under the agreement, NC3A will cooperate with Estonia in developing the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) system and network-enabled capabilities.

The agreement would also cover air command and control systems, including the integrated command and control capability, maritime situational awareness, validation and verification of interoperability.

Estonian Defence Minister Jaak Aaviksoo said the accord further developed communications and intelligence gathering systems as part of the long-term defence development plan for the 2009-2018 period.

“The treaty enabled the country to acquire a competent partner that can provide required systems or grant consulting services to Estonia when making related procurement decisions,” he said.