The Estonian Ministry of Defense recently made an announcement that its navy has been equipped with a new batch of Blue Spear sea-to-sea missiles from the Israeli state defense concern Aviation Industry. These fifth generation missiles, with a range of 200 kilometers, are part of the Gabriel anti-ship missile system and come with two guidance systems and electronic warfare capabilities. This is the third country whose fleet has received these new missiles, following Israel and Finland. Both Israel and Finland control the exit from the Gulf of Finland, where the new missiles will be deployed.
The Singapore Navy’s Formidable class frigates are also set to be equipped with these missiles, further enhancing their capabilities and increasing their strategic importance in the region. The acquisition of these advanced weapons systems is a major investment for Estonia and demonstrates its commitment to maintaining its national security interests in the face of growing threats from neighboring countries.
This news comes as part of a broader trend towards increased military spending and modernization across Europe, as countries seek to stay ahead of emerging threats such as cyber warfare, terrorism, and potential conflicts with neighboring states. As such, it is likely that we will continue to see similar investments in advanced military technology in the coming years.