The Estonian Ministry of Defense has recently announced that its navy will be 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. In addition to Estonia, the Singapore Navy’s Formidable class frigates are also set to be equipped with these missiles.
The Blue Spear sea-to-sea missiles are a significant upgrade for Estonian naval capabilities, providing increased range and accuracy in defending against potential threats in the Baltic Sea. The missiles are part of the Gabriel anti-ship missile system, which is designed to provide comprehensive protection against a variety of threats, including submarines, ships, and aircraft carriers. The two guidance systems and electronic warfare capabilities provide additional layers of defense, making it more difficult for attackers to evade or penetrate Estonian defenses.
The announcement comes as tensions in the region continue to escalate, with Russia’s recent military exercises in Kaliningrad raising concerns among NATO allies. Estonia has long been vulnerable to Russian aggression due to its proximity to Russia’s border, and this latest development is seen as a way to bolster its defenses against potential threats. With Israel and Finland already in possession of these advanced weapons systems, Estonia’s acquisition of Blue Spear sea-to-sea missiles further strengthens its position as a key player in regional security efforts.