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Estonia plans to allow local manufacture of weapons

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Minister of Defence of Estonia Jüri Luik submitted the draft Act to amend the Weapons Act and other legislation, for approval, the entry into force of which would grant Estonian defence industry undertakings the right to handle military weapons and munitions.

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Pursuant to the draft legislation, the plan is to grant undertakings the right to transport, store, repair, alter and manufacture military weapons, ammunition, ordnance and other goods associated with military weapons.

In the assessment of Minister of Defence Luik, the change will give the Defence Forces and the Defence League the opportunity to begin ordering maintenance and repair works from Estonian undertakings.

According to the Minister, the purpose of the draft legislation is to make the process of ensuring national defence more efficient while also supporting the development of business in Estonia.

"Receiving the right to handle military weapons and munitions would allow the Estonian defence industry to create new branches of activity and jobs," said Luik.

In the estimation of the Estonian Defence Industry Association, the changes could result in a possible future turnover of approximately EUR 60 million per year by Estonian undertakings and the creation of 150 new jobs.

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