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Latvia to procure Mk2 missiles from Sweden

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Thursday, 22 October, Latvian Defence Minister Raimonds Bergmanis and head of SAAB Dynamics AB Nordic and Baltic market area Anna Fröjd signed a contract on the procurement of Mk2 missiles.

The Mk2 missiles are meant for Latvian National Armed Forces’ RBS-70 air defence systems, which were procured by the Latvian state from SAAB Dynamics AB in 2005. The contract covers the procurement of Mk2 missiles and mobile launch systems, training and the possibility of future orders, Latvian Defence Ministry reports.

Supplies of Mk2 missiles to Latvia are set for 2015 and 2016. It is possible future supplies will take place in 2017.

The total cost of the initial supply of missiles is EUR 3.67 million. Additional supplies for 2017 are estimated at EUR 3.12 million.

«Strengthening air defence is one of the main national defence priorities. The contract with SAAB Dynamics AB will only strengthen our air defence capabilities. Sweden is one of Latvia’s oldest partners in anti-air defence training. Our partnership in this area goes back more than ten years. It is symbolic that it originally began in 2004 – the year when we entered NATO. A large number of Latvia soldiers were successfully trained thanks to our cooperation,» – notes Bergmanis.

«We are very pleased that Latvia has decided to place further orders for RBS 70 missiles. It demonstrates Latvia’s trust in the RBS 70 system, as well as the high quality of our manufacturing and support capabilities. The RBS 70 is a modern system with a long lifespan. We can see that an increasing number of customers are taking advantage of its flexible design, which allows for the system to be continuously upgraded and adapted to evolving needs,» – said Anna Fröjd.

The National Armed Forces Development Plan for 2012-2014 mentions development of anti-air capabilities as one of the main priorities.

Swedish SAAB Dynamics AB manufactures close-range anti-air defence systems RBS-70 and its updated version – RBS-70 NG. 19 countries around the world have bought more than 1,600 RBS-70 units and more than 17,000 missiles over the years.

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    Does Sweden supply Russia as well?

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