The Estonian Ministry of Defence has unveiled a four-year development plan to procure weaponry to improve the defence capability of its 2nd Infantry Brigade.
Nearly €90m will be spent to purchase ammunition and armaments, as well as complement the brigade's command, communications and transport capabilities, the ministry stated.
The government recently approved a ten-year plan, under which the brigade will receive two new battalions consisting of more than 1,000 combatants.
Estonian Defence Minister Margus Tsahkna said: “The defence of Estonia must be practised under actual conditions, and all South-Estonia units train at Nursipalu.
“Located within the area of the Nursipalu training ground is the 2nd Infantry Brigade of the Estonian Defence Forces and South-Estonia Defence League districts: during peacetime, a total of three thousand men and women, all of whom train there to defend their homes.
“From the position of national defence, the development of the Nursipalu training ground is of critical importance.”
To date, several surveys have been conducted to identify the effects of training ground development on the environment.
According to Tsahkna, survey results are taken into consideration during the planning and use of the Nursipalu training ground.
The 2nd Infantry Brigade is responsible for conducting command, organisation, planning, development and supervisory operations.
It also aims to enhance combat readiness by offering additional training to units, including wartime and reserve soldiers.
Image: Estonian Minister of Defence plans large-scale investments for the 2nd Infantry Brigade. Photo: courtesy of Estonian Ministry of Defence.