Latvia's Stinger missiles arrive from Denmark

The Latvian National Armed Forces have received the Stinger air-defense systems purchased from Denmark, the Defense Ministry said October 26.

"Currently, we are at a historic stage when Latvia receives significant armaments from allies to strengthen various of its military capabilities. Stinger will significantly contribute to the defense capabilities of Latvian Armed Forces units, opening up new opportunities for our country's defense," said Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis.

The Stinger ground -to-air missile system includes air defense missiles and launchers and is in widespread use among allied NATO countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, Norway and Lithuania.

In August of this year, Latvian soldiers participated in the training of "Stinger" operators in Finland (pictured).

An agreement with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency will be signed on the maintenance of the Stinger missile system.

The number of systems bought and the total cost of the deal have not been made public despite assurances from Bergmanis at the time it was announced that the public would be told how much money was being spent.  

 

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