News of the most recent piece of hardware to be sent to Kyiv was released by Defense Minister Ināra Mūrniece on social media, who said the model in question was a Mi-17.
The National Armed Forces of🇱🇻have delivered another Mi-17 helicopter to Ukraine. Ukraine is successfully fighting and regaining more and more occupied territories. Latvia will stand with Ukraine side by side until total victory of Ukraine! 🇱🇻🇺🇦#РазомДоПеремоги #StandWithUkraine pic.twitter.com/eiRfSIfJ7y— Ināra Mūrniece (@IMurniece) August 25, 2023
Latvia's acquisition of modern U.S. 'Black Hawk' helicopters has rendered its small fleet of ageing Soviet-era choppers surplus to requirements – though they can usefully be employed in Ukraine.
A year ago, four helicopters were sent, as reported by LSM at the time.