Latvia has plans to pro­cure six he­li­copters in com­ing years

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Latvia’s De­fence Min­istry and State Bor­der Guard plan to pur­chase six new he­li­copters to as­sist with bat­tling largescale fires in the fu­ture.

The min­istry ex­plains that the de­ci­sion re­gard­ing the pur­chase of four he­li­copters will be made next month. Once the de­ci­sion has been made, the min­istry will re­veal the cost of the pro­cure­ment project.

It is planned that the con­tract for sup­plies will be signed this year. The first he­li­copter may be supplied in 2021.

New he­li­copters will be used for search and res­cue op­er­a­tions, med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion and fire-fight­ing func­tions, the min­istry re­ports. Cur­rently Latvia’s Air Force has four used Mi-17 he­li­copters and two Mi-2 he­li­copters. Archive in­for­ma­tion from LETA also shows that pro­cure­ment project for main­te­nance work on Mi-17 (1990) con­cluded in 2012. The agreed upon price of the con­tract was EUR 1,210,000.

State Bor­der Guard notes that in De­cem­ber 2017 a con­tract was signed with Leonardo S.p.a. for pro­cure­ment of new he­li­copters to re­place two Agusta Bell 206B he­li­copters made in 1974 and 1980 with two equally-sized he­li­copters.

In ac­cor­dance with the con­tract, it is planned to train he­li­copter pi­lots, en­gi­neer­ing staff and sup­ply two AW 119 Kx he­li­copters in 2019, which will cost EUR 12,482,718 with VAT, SBG.

New he­li­copters will be cer­ti­fied for flight at any time of day. They will be prop­erly equipped for search and res­cue, per­son­nel trans­porta­tion, and fire-fight­ing.

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