The Defense Blog website reports that the Estonian Defense Forces received the first batch of its order of R20 Rahe automatic rifles. In total, the Defense Forces have purchased almost 16,000 rifles, which will arrive in Estonia within two years. The first order that arrived in Estonia contained approximately 1,500 R20 Rahe automatic rifles.
Maj. Gen. Martin Herem, Commander of the Estonian Defense Forces, introduced this week the new rifles at the Männiku shooting range near Tallinn.
The new weapons were made by US-based weapons manufacturer LMT Defense according to the specifications of the Estonian Defense Forces. The automatic rifles can be adapted to the user’s height and are suitable for right-handed and left-handed users alike. The weapons consist of modules and can be easily fitted with barrels of different length, auxiliary equipment, grenade launchers and stocks in accordance with combat needs.
The weapons will be used by the Scout Battalion. Later, more will be acquired for the conscripts of the 1st and 2nd Infantry Brigades and professional members of the Defense Forces and Defense Allies.