The French troops are part of NATO‘s enhanced Forward Presence battlegroup in Estonia, led by Britain. Together, they are part of the Estonian 1st Brigade, now under the Estonian Division which was assigned to Multinational Corps Northeast by the Estonian Chief of Defence. In addition, Britain has dedicated a brigade to move to Estonia if and when it is needed. It is all part of NATOs Deter and Defend strategy to defend every inch of Alliance territory. Few territories symbolise this strategy more than the thick forests of the Central Training Area in Northeastern Estonia, around 130 kilometres from the Russian border.
During a drive to the exercise area, Sergeant Habib, a signals expert, checks the Scorpion communications system connecting the French vehicles. In the Griffon command vehicle, he can see the location of all friendly forces. Upon seeing an enemy, anyone can pin their location for the benefit of everyone else on the network. "The Scorpion gives us a larger visual image of the battlefield than we had before," indicates Sergeant Habib.