Latvia’s Defense Ministry will sign a €108 million contract to buy "Spike" anti-tank missiles from Israeli manufacturer Rafael on February 12, local media reports Monday.
According to eng.lsm.lv – Latvian Public Broadcasting English-language service, Israeli company Rafael is the manufacturer of the system, but the purchase is being made via its joint venture company EuroSpike.
Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis was quoted as saying ahead of signing: "I think this is a very significant day, as anti-tank capability was one of the elements that was very necessary."
"The development of anti-tank capability is one of the priorities for defense industry purchases and the anti-tank missile system "Spike" has been recognized as the most appropriate one meeting operational requirements of the National Armed Forces. The newly acquired Spike missile system, which will complement the existing stockpile of this armament, will significantly strengthen the combat capabilities of the National Armed Forces and the National Guard," said a statement by the Ministry.
The Spike systems will be paired with the CVR(T) fighting vehicles acquired from the United Kingdom to provide a highly mobile and flexible anti-tank capability. It is planned that Latvia's equipment will be delivered gradually between now and 2023.
India is considering purchase of Israels Spike anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) through the government-to-government (G-to-G) route, two months after it decided to cancel a deal to procure the weapons. In November, the defence ministry had decided to retract the process to acquire a batch of Spike missiles from Israeli firm Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, a deal which would have been worth $500 million, after the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) expressed confidence of producing the indigenous Nag ATGM
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. has been awarded a contract with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to supply more than one thousand SPIKE LR 2, a fifth generation electro-optical, precision-guided missiles
Latvia has signed a bilateral agreement with Austria for the purchase of 47 howitzers for the armed forces. The agreement is for buying the type M109A5Oe self-propelled howitzer system, including fire control centre and training platforms
The Latvian Air Force and Lithuanian Air Force test-fired Saabs RBS 70 and the latest generation RBS 70 NG air-defense systems during the air defence exercise in Latvia. The exercise “Baltic Zenith 2016”, with the purpose of providing training to operators of RBS 70 air defence missile system by performing practical combat firing exercises at air targets, took place at Šķēde training range located in Vērgale parish of Pāvilosta municipality in Latvia on 13-18 June
Lockheed Martin recently completed a successful site acceptance test of a TPS-77 Multi-Role Radar (TPS-77 MRR), marking an on-time delivery of the first of three radars to the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Latvia, and a major step forward in strengthening Latvia's national defense. The TPS-77 MRR plays a vital role in improving the Latvian Air Force's airspace defense by increasing its low-level flight surveillance and identification capabilities, leading to enhanced early warning and situation awareness that allows its armed forces to make more informed and efficient decisions in response to modern day threats
The National Armed Forces of Latvia will finalize the delivery of the first Multi-role radar TPS-77 MRR by testing its air surveillance capabilities this week. “Acquisition of TPS-77 MRR is a huge investment in the strengthening of combat capabilities of the National Armed Forces, enabling Latvian army to address the current security challenges with appropriate response tools
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