Latvia to pro­cure Stinger anti-air mis­sile launch­ers

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A mu­tual con­tract has been signed be­tween Lat­vian De­fence Min­istry and Dan­ish De­fence Min­istry for the pro­cure­ment of anti-air mis­sile launch­ers used by the Dan­ish armed forces, as con­firmed by Lat­vian De­fence Min­istry.

It is planned that the launch­ers will be de­liv­ered in the first half of 2018.

As noted by Lat­vian De­fence Min­is­ter Rai­monds Bergma­nis: «I am truly proud and sat­is­fied, know­ing that Stinger mis­sile launch­ers will help sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove our armed forces’ com­bat ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Anti-air de­fence is one of our cur­rent pri­or­i­ties. This is another big step to­wards growth. It will be felt by every unit that will be pro­vided with mis­sile launch­ers, in­clud­ing the Na­tional Guard.» Stinger anti-air sur­face-to-air mis­sile launch­ers are some of most re­li­able and ef­fec­tive in­di­vid­ual anti-air weapons used by many of Latvia’s al­lied coun­tries, in­clud­ing USA, UK, Ger­many, Italy, Nether­lands, Fin­land, Nor­way and Lithua­nia.

It is re­ported that in ad­di­tion to procur­ing Stinger mis­sile launch­ers, work is be­ing per­formed on se­cur­ing sup­port, main­te­nance and train­ing equip­ment, as well as co­op­er­a­tion with NATO and other al­lied coun­tries’ armed forces to exchange ex­pe­ri­ence and per­son­nel train­ing.

REUTERS/SCANPIX

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