Saaremaa-based company Baltic Workboats is leading the construction of a groundbreaking semi-autonomous military vessel, that represents Estonia’s largest project funded by the European Defense Fund. The ship, which is currently being developed in collaboration with 10 European countries, will feature innovative and previously unused solutions, with aluminum being the only familiar element. The vessel’s main purpose will be surveillance and patrolling, while also serving as a base for smaller vessels and drones. Estonia is participating in 16 European Defense Fund projects, totaling €500 million, highlighting the country’s contribution to important consortia and their exceptional work in areas such as cyber warfare, maritime surveillance, and satellite and land defense. Commodore Jüri Saska of the Estonian Navy has expressed enthusiasm for the prototype’s completion and testing phases, as well as the potential research findings that could benefit future naval platforms. The 50-meter military ship is expected to launch from the Baltic Workboats facility in Nasva within the next three years.