Baltic States cannot afford creating air defence system
Formation of a comprehensive air defence system is not something Baltic States can afford on their own, as concluded in a report from Tallinn-based International Center for Defense and Security.
In this report, which was presented to Estonia’s Defence Ministry, Baltic States are advised to focus on developing management and signal systems to make them compatible with NATO’s air defence and help balance their own near and mediumrange air defence systems.
ICDS report also mentions ways to help strengthen Baltic States air defence systems, saying that an effective air defence system is comprised of multiple layers: early warning systems, monitoring systems, weapons systems, as well as personnel trained in air defence operations. Authors of the report mention that in the context of Baltic region’s safety, cooperation between Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania is as important as cooperation with allies in NATO. Air defence is important for creation of independent defensive capabilities and protection of NATO troops stationed in Baltic States.
It is concluded in the report that a long-term solution for problems associated with air defence is only possible through Baltic States’ cooperation with allies, because creation and maintenance of a comprehensive air defence system is not something Baltic States can afford on their own.
One of the authors of the report, ICDS Director Sven Sakkov said that this report clearly shows how hard it is to create and maintain a modern air defence system. Although Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have done much in recent years to fill in the gaps, there is still a long way to go.