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Baltic states hope for joint naval procurement

29th April 2021 - 19:19 GMT | by Eugene Gerden

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Estonian Navy minehunter Admiral Cowan. (Photo: Estonian Navy)

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania want to develop joint naval procurement programmes — but for the time being, they must focus instead on upgrading existing platforms or buying second-hand vessels.

The Baltic republics of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia plan to continue developing their respective navies, regarding them as important elements in the NATO alliance — particularly in a potential confrontation with Russia.

However, the naval fleets in all three countries have not received much brand-new equipment since they were formed in the early 1990s.

This could change with an ambitious Naval Vision 2030+ plan, which proposes joint development and procurement as the next level of Baltic naval cooperation via a single tender for all three countries.

Estonia is particularly keen on Naval Vision 2030+ as it ties in with the …

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