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Latvia’s army permitted to force or shoot down UAVs above military areas

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUTo prevent any potential damage to state defence interests, Latvia’s army will be permitted to force down or shoot down UAVs near military areas. This right is provided by amendments to the Aviation Law approved by the Saeima on 9 June.

Commander of Latvia’s National Armed Forces or his authorized person will be able to make decisions about forcing UAVs to land or destroying them. Such measures are warranted if a UAV comes close to military areas and areas restricted to flight or reserved for the needs of Latvia’s army.

UAVs present a threat to military airports and create risks of uncontrolled reconnaissance, as well as put at risk security integrity of military objects, as mentioned in the draft’s annotation presented to the Saeima.

The Saeima has also requested the government to develop and submit legislative solutions that would cover other cases in which it would be possible to use force to prevent illegal UAV activities near restricted areas.

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