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GoCraft will rebuild armored cars and self-propelled artillery in Tallinn | New

The company, owned by businessman Tiit Pruuli, has invested more than 3 million euros in a workshop where armored vehicles can be rebuilt. The hall is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Estonia will get the first private workshop where armored vehicles equipped with weapon systems can be re-equipped with armament adapted to local conditions.

The company will rebuild CV90 infantry fighting vehicles purchased in Estonia from Norway and K9 self-propelled howitzers from South Korea.

“They will be equipped with additional storage options, new fire control and communication systems. Our work is not related to the modification or repair of specific weapon systems, and the machines come to us without ammunition “said Kalvi Pukka, Executive Director of GoCraft.

The workshop floor will cover 4,000 square meters of which 1,300 are reserved for military technology.

“It will easily accommodate ten vehicles that we can work on simultaneously,” Pukka said.

To work on armored vehicles fitted with weapon systems, the company will need a War Weapons Handling Permit which it has applied for from the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA).

Pukka said the workshop has to meet strict security requirements as it is essentially an armory.

“These concern the building itself, its structure, its roof, its walls, its doors, its openings but also the security around the building, access to it and the security clearance of employees. This means that all of our mechanics and engineers will be subject to PPA background checks.”

The executive director of the Estonian Defense Industry Association (EDIA), Tarmo Ränisoo, said that GoCraft is a remarkable company that has invested heavily in creating large-scale production capacity and that the development such services contribute to the competitiveness of Estonian companies.

“Offering such an extensive service on a large scale helps build the ability of Estonian companies, engineers and young software developers to stand out in international competition,” Ränisoo offered.

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