Latvia spends 11 million euros on Finnish military vehicles

Latvia's Defense Ministry said June 15 the National Armed Forces had signed a contract to buy 11 million euros' worth of "Outlander MAX 650XT Military Version" 6x6 vehicles from Finnish company BRP. 

"The acquisition of off-road vehicles suitable for Latvian terrain with a wide range of operational applications is a logical step towards strengthening the tactical mobility of the units of the National Armed Forces," said Lieutenant General Leonids Kalnins, chief of defense. 

The purchase is being made via NATO's Support and Procurement Agency.

The order also includes the supply of spare parts kits that will provide the necessary equipment for the next two years. It is also planned to train the National Armed Forces mechanics in order to ensure the successful daily maintenance of vehicles.

The first vehicles will be received by the National Armed Forces by the end of this year, and deliveries will continue until the end of next year, the Ministry said, without specifying the number of vehicles to be delivered.

You can see some of the specifications of the civilian version of a similar vehicle at the BRP website and the video below shows some of the capabilities of the civilian version (BRP vehicles are sold under the Can-Am brand in North America), though the military version is likely to differ in many respects.

Earlier this year Latvia also announced a smaller order for off-road vehicles from U.S. manufacturer Polaris, as reported by LSM.

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