Centre for Defence Investment2018-12-04T16:53:48+00:00

Centre for Defence Investment

New automatic rifles for Estonia’s defense forces to arrive at end of May

The first of 1,500 new automatic firearms purchased for the defense forces from the U.S. armaments company Lewis Machine & Tool Company (LMT) will be delivered to Estonia at the end of May. The first batch of 1,500 firearms for the defense forces will be delivered to Estonia around May 30. The sixth and last batch will arrive in Estonia in late 2021. The speed of the deliveries depends on the production facility's capacity. The first new LMT-manufactured firearms will [...]

Market research and seminar for 120mm towed mortars.

Our intension is to launch a tender on 2021. Market research is available in English to ensure that all suppliers can participate in it. We invite You to give us a feedback and participate on the market research. If You would like to know more about market research, please write directly to our Stradegic Category Manager of weaponry Ramil Lipp by e-mail ramil.lipp@ecdi.ee . The deadline for market research is 1st of March 2020. Estonian Centre for Defence Investment is [...]

Estonia and the United States to build a joint cyber threat intelligence platform.

Estonia and United States have started a cooperation to build a joint platform for sharing cyber threat intelligence between the two countries. The system will be developed by Cybernetica and procured by the Estonian Centre for Defence Investment according to a framework contract signed by the two parties at the end of last year. "The goal is to develop an automised cyber threat intelligence system between the US and Estonian defence forces, tailored to the specific needs of the two [...]

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.


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


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.

Centre for Defence Investments
Järve 34A, Tallinn 11314