Centre for Defence Investment2021-09-28T11:41:50+00:00

Additional six K9 Thunder self-propelled artillery units arrive in Estonia

Additional six K9 Thunder self-propelled artillery units arrive in Estonia On the order of the Estonian Centre for Defence Investment (ECDI), six additional K9 Thunder self-propelled artillery units arrived today at Paldiski South Harbour. In earlier years, 12 self-propelled artillery units were supplied by South Korea to Estonia, significantly improving the indirect fire capacity of the Estonian Defence Forces. The first K9 Thunder self-propelled artillery units arrived in Estonia in 2020. “According to the National Defence Development Plan, 24 self-propelled [...]

Estonia purchases six HIMARS multiple rocket launcher systems from USA

Estonia purchases six HIMARS multiple rocket launcher systems from USA On Friday, Magnus-Valdemar Saar, Director General of the Estonian Centre for Defence Investments (ECDI), signed a contract with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) for the procurement of the HIMARS multiple rocket launcher systems, which is an important capacity boost in the development of Estonia’s indirect fire capability. Weapon systems are purchasing from United States of America and the manufacturer of the weapon system is Lockheed Martin. The total value [...]

RFI: Combat helmets

The Estonian Centre for Defence Investments (ECDI) would like to invite you to participate in the Request for Information (RFI) stage to prepare the tendering process to procure combat helmets for the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF). A combat helmet is a critical element of the soldier’s personal protection equipment (PPE). The purpose of the helmet is to reduce the risk of fatal hits and other traumatic injuries to the head. Since the soldiers wear their PPE for prolonged periods of [...]

Centre for Defence Investments (ECDI) was established by the Minister of Defence decree on 9 November 2015, the Centre became operational on 1 January 2017.

The plan to set up the Centre dates back to 2010, when the new national defence strategy provided for the establishment of an agency to handle procurement and manage property.

Defence Investment Centre brings together the previously separate procurement and infrastructure management authority – mostly military and defence – of specialist expertise, knowledge-experience and financial resources.

People of the Centre for Defence Investments are professionals who until now have been working in the Ministry of Defence and Defence Forces.

The volume of investments and procurement had grown several times

There was a need for the new institution since the volume of investments and procurement of special equipment in the area of government had grown several times – whereas in 2010 investments in national defence and defence-related procurements totalled 57.3 million euros, the amount is expected to grow to 200 million euros by 2020.

Clear need for more efficient coordination

Procurement has become more complicated and there is an increased volume of managed infrastructure. At the same time neither the number of staff nor management changed – there was clear need for more efficient coordination both in the area of procurement and infrastructure.

Procurement process is more transparent

The Centre conducts procurement in the Ministry of Defence, the Defence Forces and other government agencies, and manages the use of their real estate. As a joint body, it enables the processes that have been used in different institutions to be harmonised, the quality of contracting to be improved and harmonised, and the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders to be clarified.

The Centre has a complete picture

The Centre has a complete picture of the status of the infrastructure and the investment needs in the entire area of government, and the entire procurement process is more transparent and clearer. Defence Forces will enable the Centre to focus on their core business, or military tasks.

Mission

To support the national capability development with professionally organised procurements, infrastructure development and administrative activities and investments.

Vision

Be cooperative, be a competent and responsible partner for all agencies and enterprises operating in the field of national defence and be a valued employer for employees. The experience of the Centre for Defence Investments draws on both the best practices, knowledge and experience of Defence Forces, the Ministry of Defence, as well as the private sector. The benchmark of professionalism of the Centre for Defence Investments is the assessment of cooperation partners.