Defense
Latvia and Finland sign 6x6 military vehicle development deal
Thursday, 15 October saw Latvian Minister of Defense Artis Pabriks, Finnish Minister of Defense Antti Kaikkonen and the company Patria Land Oy president Jussi Järvinen signed an agreement on research and development of a common 6x6 armored car system based on Patria vehicles.
Annual military parades cancelled due to pandemic
The annual military parades planned for November 11 (Latvia's remembrance day for soldiers) and November 18 (Independence Day) have been cancelled due to the prevailing pandemic, the Ministry of Defense announced October 14.
Saeima approves Latvian troops' participation in two missions
On Thursday the Saeima adopted a decision on the participation of Latvian National Armed Forces (NBS) soldiers in the European Union (EU) military operation in the Mediterranean region and the NATO mission in  Iraq, Saeima press service said September 17.
Border Guard chief no longer suspect
The Prosecutor's Office annulled the decision of the Internal Security Bureau (IDB), which identified Chief of State Border Guard Guntis Pujāts as suspect, Pujāts' lawyer Alla Juraša told LETA September 16.
Saeima approves Latvian troops going to Kosovo
Thursday, September 3, Saeima confirmed the decision on Latvian National Armed Forces (NBS) soldier participation in NATO-led international operation in Kosovo until December 31, 2023, parliament representatives said September 3.
Government approves new civil protection plan
On Tuesday, August 25, the Cabinet of Ministers reviewed and approved the state civil protection plan prepared by the Ministry of the Interior, which was developed by the State Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) in cooperation with other institutions, the government press office said.
Spanish F-18s will be flying close to Rīga this week
From August 25 to 28, don't be surprised to hear the roar of jet engines north of Rīga as the National Armed Forces and the NATO enhanced presence in Latvia will be taking part in training exercises around Vangaži.
Latvia to participate in military industrial cluster
In response to the call of the Finnish military industry company Patria, more than 50 Latvian companies have shown interest in participating in the future industrial cluster for the military, Latvian Radio reported July 26.
Crisis advice booklet available via tax service
A recent official publication that aims to help Latvian residents plan their actions in the case of a major emergency situation is now being made available via the State Revenue Service's online presence.
First woman ranked colonel in the Latvian army
For the first time in the history of the Latvian army, the rank of colonel has been assigned to a woman, Ilze Žilde, Head of the United Staff of the National Armed Forces, said the Commander of the National Armed Forces (NBS) Leonīds Kalniņš.
Canadian troop plane turned back halfway to Latvia
A military transport plane with Canadian soldiers on its way to Latvia was turned back on Thursday, July 2, half-way, as it was found that someone who might have been in contact with people on the aircraft had become infected with COVID-19, news agency LETA reported on July 6.
NATO training starts in Baltic Sea
International NATO and allied military exercises in the Baltic Sea "Baltops 2020" have been launched, Latvian Television reported on June 8.