Defense Ministry extends contract with Latvian drone maker UAV Factory

The Latvian Ministry of Defense has signed an agreement with Latvian manufacturer UAV Factory to continue supplying and maintaining unmanned aerial vehicle systems, the ministry said December 23. 

“I am pleased with the successful cooperation with the Latvian company UAV Factory, which allows us to continue supplying the armed forces with unmanned aircraft. By purposefully developing cooperation with the Latvian defense industry, we contribute to security of supply and make a significant contribution to the development of the Latvian economy as a whole,” said Minister of Defense Artis Pabriks.

The unmanned aircraft systems available to the National Armed Forces are intended to be used to assist in public search and rescue missions as well as for military purposes.

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However, the news release contained no details about the size and terms of the agreement, how many drones were involved or any other specific details beyond the information that "according to an agreement signed last year, UAV Factory delivered to the National Armed Forces the first unmanned aircraft test system, the use of which proved its compliance with the tasks of the Armed Forces."

More unmanned aircraft systems will be delivered "in the second half of 2020" and will be modified and upgraded in as a result of the lessons learned during the testing phase, the ministry said, without giving any numbers.

Founded in 2009, UAV Factory has sales offices in Latvia and the US and is a leading global supplier of unmanned aerial vehicle systems. The company's products are sold in more than 50 countries worldwide for military, civilian and research purposes.

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