Latvia in the market for coastal defense missile systems

Latvia's Ministry of Defense is in early negotiations to purchase coastal defense missile systems from the United States, the Ministry said September 9.

"Taking into account the National Armed Forces' (NBS') development plans, the Ministry of Defense today made a decision to start negotiations with the USA regarding the purchase of the NSM (Naval Strike Missile) anti-ship missile system [developed by Norwegian company] Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace," a Ministry press release said.

Currently, NSM systems are used in the USA, Norway, Germany, Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Poland, Spain and Romania.

On April 21, addressing the members of the Saeima, Minister of Defense Artis Pabriks stated that the additional funding allocated to national defense will speed up the implementation of the national armed forces' critical capabilities, including coastal defense capabilities, approximately five years earlier than originally planned.

According to the manufacturer, "The NSM is a very flexible system, which can be launched from a variety of platforms against a variety of targets on sea and land. The airframe design and the high thrust to weight ratio give the NSM extremely good manoeuvrability. The missile is completely passive, has proven its excellent sea-skimming capabilities and with its advanced terminal manoeuvres, it will survive the enemy air defences. The Autonomous Target Recognition (ATR) of the seeker ensures that the correct target is detected, recognized and hit, at sea or on land."

You can read the various technical specifications in this brochure.

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