800 anti-tank weapons on the way

Latvia's defenses are set to receive an important boost after the cabinet on Monday approved the purchase of hundreds of anti-tank weapons from Norway, along with other crucial logistics hardware.

The weapons, which will be put at the disposal of the National Guard (Zemessardze), include 800 of the famous Swedish-made 'Carl Gustav' anti tank weapon, often described as a rocket but more accurately called a recoilless rifle.

50 heavy duty Scania trucks and 50 Mercedes-Benz armored off-road vehicles are also part of the deal.

"The arms and equipment acquisition will significantly improve the combat capabilities of the National Guard," says Defence Minister Raymond Vējonis. "This equipment will be replacing vehicles that are already several decades old that are currently held by the National Guard. Consequently, it will improve the mobility of both the National Guard and National Guard's combat readiness. "

The fact that the military hardware was bought second hand from the Norway meant the whole lot was procured for the bargain price of €4m - along with an assurance that everything was in full working order after spending some time in reserve storage depots.

Acquisition of the arms and equipment is part of a medium-term plan to significantly upgrade the fighting capabilities of the National Guard during the period 2015-18.

The Carl Gustav can be seen in action below.

 

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