Latvian Border Guard gets tactical vehicles from USA

The State Border Guard has received a gift from the United States – 67 tactical vehicles, Latvian Television reported March 9.

The “Polaris” tactical vehicles are part of the cooperation between Latvia and the US. More vehicles are expected over the next few months, according to the US ambassador to Latvia John Carwile.

"[The vehicles] will be divided between 15 border guard teams. [..]. We will also transfer [them] to the Border Guard College for training purposes, as well as to the aviation authority for the special tasks unit Sigma. These vehicles are 4 x 4 and equipped for off-road driving. Also, there is a box in which a cage can be inserted for a service dog. Consequently, a composition of two border guards and a service dog," the Chief of State Border Guard Guntis Pujāts said.

The vehicles amount to the worth of two million dollars. Since 2018, the United States has provided more than seven million dollars in aid to the Latvian Border Guard. Border guards are scheduled to receive another 18 “Polaris” tactical vehicles by the end of this year.

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