Baltic States can­not af­ford cre­at­ing air de­fence sys­tem

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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.

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