Estonia Buys HIMARS Rocket System For $200-M
NATO member and Russia’s neighbor Estonia is boosting its defense capabilities by acquiring an advanced US rocket artillery system in the Baltic country’s largest arms procurement project ever, defense officials said, Euronews reported.
Photo Insert: Lockheed Martin Corp. is expected to make the first HIMARS deliveries in 2024.
A deal signed Friday for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) is worth more than $200 million (€189.8 million) and includes equipment such as ammunition and rockets as well as training.
The package includes HIMARS rockets with ranges from 70 kilometers to 300 kilometers, the Estonian Center Defense Investment said in a statement. Lockheed Martin Corp. is expected to make the first deliveries in 2024.
"The HIMARS multiple rocket launchers are a new important step in the development of Estonia’s defense capabilities,” Lieutenant Colonel Kaarel Mäesalu, head of the capability development department at the Estonian Defense Forces.
“This makes it possible to decisively influence the enemy even before coming into contact with our infantry units.”
Estonia's Baltic neighbors Latvia and Lithuania either have or are currently in the process of acquiring their own HIMARS. Washington provided Ukraine with the rocket launchers during Russia's invasion of the country.
The Estonian Defense Ministry said the HIMARS systems “have helped to destroy Russian military ammunition warehouses, transport nodes, and command and control centers with pinpoint accuracy beyond the range of the howitzers Ukraine has been using.”