€100 million to be invested in National Guard infrastructure in Latvia

Over three years, more than €100 million is planned to be invested in National Guard (Zemessardze) infrastructure, defense chief Lieutenant General Leonīds Kalniņš told Latvian Television on July 7. 

Two new barracks were completed this week at the Ādaži military base. Kalniņš said that 42 infrastructure sites are to be restored throughout Latvia for the needs of the armed forces and the National Guard.

Each year, the NBS plan has up to 80 sites that require improvement. The new sites represent around 10% of the total.

It is planned to invest more than €100 million in infrastructure for NBS over the next three years, from 2021 to 2024. This year, however, the National Guard needs investments of around €30 million to improve conditions for voluntary service.

A number of previous procurement projects will continue this year, continuing the deployment of high technologies in the communications system, cyber-defense. 

Kalnins also said that the public's interest to serve for NBS increased by 35% this year compared to the corresponding period last year. He welcomed such an increase.

At the same time, the commander of the NBS confirmed that there are still a lot of vacant seats in the NBS: “We will accept everyone."

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