Estonian Special Forces deploying to Mali will be loaned four Jackal armoured vehicles by the Ministry of Defence.
Minister for the Armed Forces James Heappey confirmed the loan, plus a three-week training package, for elite soldiers of the Estonian Armed Forces.
The loan will equip Estonian troops as they join the fight against Islamic terrorism in the Sahel region of Africa, a further example of the UK’s strong partnership with one of its closest NATO allies, say the MoD.
Minister for the Armed Forces James Heappey said:
“Having served with the Estonians in Afghanistan, I’ve seen first-hand the excellence of their Armed Forces and the depth of the friendship between our two nations. With the Jackal 2 the Estonian Armed Forces will be equipped with a proven, battle winning vehicle as they join the international effort to tackle terrorism.”
Following three years of close collaboration between the UK and Estonian Armed Forces on NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence, this loan points to the strength of the two nations’ military’s shared objectives and ability to work together.
“British Army experts will this week finish providing drivers and crew from the EDF with a three-week training course on operating the Jackal 2 at Robertson Barracks in Norfolk.”