Estonia Buys Spike LR Missiles in $45 Million Deal

The initial purchase will include 18 launchers and ammunitions, as well as additional equipment, technical support and training. Deliveries are expected to begin in Q3 2020

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The Estonian Ministry of Defense has signed a framework agreement with Eurospike to acquire Rafael-made Spike long-range (LR) anti-tank guided missiles for €40 million (approx. $45 million). The initial purchase will include 18 launchers and ammunitions, as well as additional equipment, technical support and training.

The Center for Defense Investment (RKIK), the state body responsible for defense procurement on behalf of the Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) and other organizations, and representatives of Eurospike signed the framework agreement for the procurement on Thursday, according to the Baltic News Service (BNS).

Eurospike is a European Joint Venture between Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, Diehl Defence and Rheinmettal Defence. 

BNS reported that the seven-year agreement includes the option of buying additional units.

The weapons will be delivered to the Estonian Defense Forces beginning in the third quarter of 2020 and will be used by infantry brigade anti-tank companies, according to BNS.

“We are thankful to the Estonian army for their confidence in the SPIKE missile,” said Günter Lauer, Eurospike Managing Director. “This Procurement by Estonia follows recent SPIKE Missile contracts of other Baltic states, Latvia and Lithuania, and it creates common ATGM capabilities within the Baltic nations, enabling the missile to serve with interoperability, and bare potential for future cross-Baltic mutual support.”