“For the first time in Latvia's history, we may be able to talk about the fact that the armed forces are supplied with Latvian food for all 12 months. This is a very big challenge, because Latvian suppliers and farmers have not yet been prepared to co-operate at this level. We want to change or break this situation,” the Minister said.
Another aim of the defense sector is receival of the first 6 x 6-type vehicles produced by Patria Land Oy this autumn, which will perform the functions of movement and management of soldiers. These vehicles are a joint project of the defense sectors of Latvia and Finland.
The Minister for Defense also hopes to make more progress in the production and use of drones in the Latvian armed forces.
“Of course, the creation of a cadet school in Kurzeme is also taking great steps forward. It will give our young people additional opportunities to obtain good education and also to link their careers to the defense system. These would be the main topics this year,” Pabriks said.