Latvia orders €16 million of anti-tank ammo from Sweden

On August 29, Latvia's Ministry of Defense signed a €16.2 million order for 84mm ammunition for its Swedish-made "Carl Gustav" anti-tank weapons, the ministry has confirmed.

The first ammunition deliveries are planned in 2019. As previously reported, the Ministry of Defense had already concluded an agreement with the Swedish Defense Procurement Agency for procurement of the tried and tested tank-busters from SAAB Dynamics AB.

An agreement on Joint Carl Gustav anti-tank ammunition purchases has been signed between Sweden, Estonia and Latvia for 7 years. The agreement enables National Armed Forces to purchase different types of Carl Gustav ammunition for its 84mm anti-tank weapons.

Back in 2014, Latvia ordered 800 Carl Gustavs from Norway for the bargain price of €4m, as we reported at the time.

This procurement is the first co-operation project implemented between the Ministries of Defense of Latvia and Sweden in the framework of the cooperation agreement concluded in January 2017, which also provides for the possibility of joint defense industry procurement.

The Carl Gustav recoilless rifle system, is a widely used weapon against armored targets. Renowned for its reliability and ease of fire, it is in the armories of several NATO member states.

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