New air defense training facility opened

November 4 saw the opening of a new Air Defense Training Building at the Aviation Base of the National Armed Forces at Lielvārde.

Minister of Defense Artis Pabriks and Commander of the National Armed Forces Lieutenant General Leonīds Kalniņš attended the opening.

"The new Air Defense Training Building will serve for the training and implementation of integrated air defense command management specialists, significantly strengthening the air defense capabilities of our armed forces and their readiness to face any security challenges," said Pabriks.

The building includes a large RBS-70 simulator hall for operator training and skills maintenance, individual and collective equipment storage, equipment care and drying rooms, training classrooms and work rooms.  

Until now, the Air Force Air Defense Division Management Group, Headquarters and Supply Battery, and Air Defense Batteries have been housed in several separate buildings. Now they will all be based in the new building.  

The construction project was developed by SIA “BELSS”, while SIA “ARČERS” was selected for its implementation, which started construction in October 2018. The construction costs of the building are 3.5 million euros. 

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