Latvia’s Na­tional Armed forces re­ceive new Har­ris tac­ti­cal ra­dio equip­ment

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In 2017, Latvia re­ceived tac­ti­cal mil­i­tary ra­dios worth USD 10.5 mil­lion from Amer­i­can Har­ris Cor­po­ra­tion. Pro­cure­ment of ra­dio equip­ment will fur­ther im­prove com­mand func­tion and help de­velop a last­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem with other NATO mem­ber states, as re­ported by Lat­vian De­fence Min­istry.

The min­istry also ex­plains that the con­tract for the pro­cure­ment of ra­dio equip­ment was signed with US gov­ern­ment in 2016. The pro­cured ra­dio equip­ment uses a dif­fer­ent type of data en­cryp­tion than the one used by pre­vi­ous mod­els.

The pro­cure­ment con­tract cov­ers the sup­ply of ra­dios and nec­es­sary equip­ment to en­sure com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween dif­fer­ent com­mand lev­els and data pro­tec­tion.

To con­tinue sup­ply­ing Na­tional Armed Forces with mod­ern ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment, De­fence Min­istry signed a new con­tract with USA on 11 De­cem­ber 2017. This con­tract de­tails the pro­cure­ment of tac­ti­cal ra­dio equip­ment worth more than USD 17 mil­lion. It is planned that the first ra­dios will be de­liv­ered to Latvia at the be­gin­ning of 2019, the min­istry es­ti­mates.

It should be said that Har­ris Cor­po­ra­tion sup­plies ra­dio equip­ment to the ma­jor­ity of NATO mem­ber states. Con­sid­er­ing the op­er­a­tional needs of Latvia’s Na­tional Armed Forces, pro­cure­ments of Har­ris ra­dio equip­ment will con­tinue in the fu­ture.

In ac­cor­dance with Na­tional Armed Forces ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tions con­cept, all reg­u­lar forces and Na­tional Guard units use Har­ris Fal­con-II and Fal­con-III se­ries ra­dio equip­ment. The first ra­dios of this kind were sup­plied to the Na­tional Armed Forces in 1999.

Ieva Makare/LETA

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