Proteus to equip Estonian forces with Blue Spear missile systems
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Proteus to equip Estonian forces with Blue Spear missile systems

07 Oct 2021 (Last Updated October 7th, 2021 12:22)

The Blue Spear missile system can operate in all weather conditions and offers BLOS strike capabilities.

Proteus to equip Estonian forces with Blue Spear missile systems
Blue Spear (5G SSM) missile system. Credit: IAI.

Proteus Advanced Systems has signed a contract to equip the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) with Blue Spear (5G SSM) land-to-sea missile systems.

The contract has been signed with Estonian Centre for Defence Investment (ECDI) and follows a competitive tender bid process.

Proteus is a joint venture (JV) between Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and ST Engineering Land Systems.

The advanced precision anti-ship missile systems will strengthen Estonian coastal defence capabilities.

Estonia Defence Minister Kalle Laanet said: “This weapon system substantially improves our coastal defence and sends a clear message that we are contributing to the regional and collective defence effort.

“This is one of the most complex and high-tech weapon systems of all time and a huge leap forward for the Estonian Defence Forces.”

With a maximum range of 290km, the Blue Spear system can be launched from different kinds of land-based platforms with high sub-sonic speed flight.

It can operate in all weather conditions and during day and night. It has beyond the line of sight (BLOS) strike capabilities that enable it to accurately target sea-based mobile and stationary threats.

Proteus Advanced Systems general manager Ron Tryfus said: “We are proud to be selected to equip the Estonian Defence Forces with the advanced Blue Spear missiles.

“This is a very advanced, operational proven system, leading the sea battlefield by its capabilities and based on IAI’s many years of experience in the field of missiles, particularly with the Gabriel missile family.

“The Blue Spear system, being the advanced member of the Gabriel missile heritage, will serve as the next generation of surface-to-surface missile systems.”