National Guard loads up with anti-tank weapons, trucks

A ship full of military hardware was due in Riga Friday from Norway, containing dozens of trucks and hundreds of anti-tank weapons for use by the Latvian National Guard (Zemessardze), reports the Latvian defense news portal Sargs.lv.

The shipment includes 800 of the famous 'Carl Gustav' anti-tank weapons, 50 Scania trucks and 50 lightly armored Mercedes Benz SUVs .

Both trucks and SUVs were in long-term storage with the Norwegian armed forces and are rated to be in good working condition. For example, despite being manufactured between 1991 and 1994 the trucks have just 1,500 to 5,000 kilometers on the clock. 

On November 10, 2014 the Latvian cabinet approved the purchase of the anti-tank weapons, trucks and armored SUVs at the bargain price of €4m.

A year earlier in November 2013, Norway donated 134 Scania P93 five- and eight-tonne trucks, eight pieces of Scania NM154 evacuation equipment and 12 Mercedes-Benz 300GDN sanitary machines as a gift.

This is not the only gift that Latvia has in recent years received from Norway. In September 2014, Latvian and Norwegian defense ministers exchanged documents in relation to the donation of equipment worth around €900,000 consisting of 5,000 helmets, 2,000 pieces of body armor and various other items of clothing.

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