Lat­vian army re­ceives first how­itzers from Aus­tria

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A ship with first self-pro­pelled how­itzers Latvia is buy­ing from Aus­tria has ar­rived on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 1, at the port of Liepāja.

The Lat­vian De­fence Min­istry re­ports that a to­tal of 47 type-M109A5Oe com­bat ar­tillery sys­tems have been bought from Aus­tria to en­hance the in­di­rect fire ca­pa­bil­ity of the Lat­vian armed forces. They will also im­prove the abil­ity of Lat­vian troops to fully in­te­grate in NATO op­er­a­tions and drills. Rai­monds Bergma­nis, the Lat­vian Min­is­ter of De­fence, has com­mended the ar­rival of the sys­tems five months af­ter the pur­chase agree­ment was signed with the Aus­trian Min­istry of De­fence and Sports.

«This ar­ma­ment will con­trib­ute con­sid­er­ably to im­prov­ing ca­pa­bil­ity of ar­tillery sup­port and def­i­nitely should not be con­sid­ered as an ex­clu­sive con­tri­bu­tion in a unit, but the amount and qual­ity of these arms cov­ers full tac­ti­cal ne­ces­sity,» Bergma­nis eval­u­ated.

Gatis Diez­iņš/LETA

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