"Effective, powerful and convincing, I am really pleased that a little less than a year after the first self-driving systems have been received, they are already fully involved in major military exercises since regaining independence from Latvia." I am proud to say that improving the capacity of indirect fire support is a very important contribution to strengthening the state defense system and regional security, "said Lieutenant General Leonid Kalnins, commander of the national armed forces.
From August 20 to September 2, major military exercises are taking place throughout Latvia Namejs 2018to test and improve the preparedness of the National Armed Forces to continue to fulfill defense tasks of the state as independent within the framework of the collective defense system.
More than 10,000 participants – the soldiers and guards of the Latvian and Allied forces, the reservists, the volunteer reserveists, the staff of the Ministry of Defense and the staff of the structures of the Ministry of the Interior – police officers and border guards participate in the training.
It has already been reported that in April 2017 a bilateral agreement was signed between the Latvian Ministry of Defense and the Austrian Ministry of Defense and Sport with the purchase of M109A5Oe self-propelled hub systems, including the purchase of fire control and training platforms. The intention is to buy 47 military equipment purchased in Austria at the end of this year.