The Estonian Ministry of Defence has awarded local builder Baltic Workboats a €3.9 million (US$4.24 million) contract for the construction of two patrol boats in a series.
The boats will be used primarily by the Estonian Navy as force protection platforms to safeguard vessels of NATO and other partner nations sailing in Estonian waters and visiting the country’s ports.
Each patrol boat will have a length of 18 metres, partial ballistic protection, a speed of over 30 knots, and two 12.7-millimetre machine guns. A third machine gun may be mounted with the incorporation of an optional remote weapons station.
The boats are planned to be completed by the end of this year and commissioned into service in 2021.
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