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ARMY BOOTS OF THE WORLD. REVIEWS

The new concept meant the following characteristics: minimum number of seams; several layers of the leather (outer, inner, intermediate cushioning inserts); soft stitched leather "collars" on of the boots top; damping inserts on the boot's counters; transition to the "Direct Moulded Sole" method"; use of oil-, petrol -, acid-resistant and anti-slip out-soles, consisting of several layers (PU + thermo- or rubber, resistant to abrasion and extreme temperatures), etc.

The Slovenian "Alpina" boots correspond to all these conditions. Unlike many other European countries, which often prefer to support their manufacturers by military orders, the Armed Forces of Estonia is not adherent to the policy of domestic support at all costs. The military purchases are made on the competitive basis, and the Estonians try to keep the balance of quality and cost, regardless of the country of origin, and to economy as much as possible.

With regard to all the military equipment, purchased for the Armed Forces of Estonia, one should mention that about a half of the necessary stuff is produced within the country. It is common, when the Estonian producers get most of its profits from exports abroad, supplying the national army with only a small part of their own products. This is just due to a desire to choose products for procurement on the "lowest price" basis.

For example, the socks, which are worn by Estonian soldiers, are all imported. According to the feedbacks from users, they are not as high quality, which could provide "Suva", the largest Estonian socks producing company, most of the products of which are exported.

Nevertheless, the Estonian producers are hoping for a change of policy the Estonian Ministry of Defence in their favour, and not without reason. The Ministry of Defence recently announced its interest in a strong national defence industry which could be able to continue supply the required stuff even in time of war or crisis. The Estonian Defence Minister Sven Mikser urged the Estonian companies to participate actively in the military tenders.

The total amount allocated for the purchase in the year 2014 is 111.5 million Euros. The current legislation prohibits direct purchases in Estonian companies only, but the problem solving is in the increasing competitiveness of the Estonian companies. The stronger the company's market position, the more likely the Estonian Ministry of Defence would purchase their products. Already in 2014, the Estonian companies can "grab" up to 55% of the national market of military supplies, estimated for over 61 million Euros.

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