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    The US Army launches a training program for the Estonian armed forces to teach them how to operate the US-made Javelin anti-tank missile systems, the General Staff of the Estonian Defense Forces said on Monday.

    TALLINN (Sputnik) — Last year, Estonian Defense Minister Sven Mikser signed a contract to buy 80 Javelin missile systems from the United States, as well as spare and repair parts, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment. The deal is worth some 40 million euro ($44.6 million).

    "Lectures and practical exercises [will be] conducted by the US Army instructors, who will teach how to operate the systems, to perform maintenance and fix problems with the systems. The course will last for three weeks," the ministry said in a statement.

    F-22 Raptor jets. File photo.
    US Air Force / Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock
    Last week, the General Staff of the Estonian Defense Forces said that first Javelin systems had arrived in the country. The full deployment of the systems is planned between 2016 and 2018.

    Javelin, adopted by the United States Army in the 1990s and operated by over a dozen countries, is a fire-and-forget anti-tank missile. The system takes a top-attack flight profile against armored vehicles, and also allows direct-attack mode for use against buildings. In addition, the missile has the ability to engage helicopters in the direct attack mode.

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