Defense
Latvia participating at major defense trade show in France
Latvia participating at major defense trade show in France
On Monday, June 17, Minister of Defense Andris Sprūds is visiting France on a working visit to participate in the opening event of the Latvian national stand of the Latvian Security and Defense Industries Federation (DAIF) at the Eurosatory 2024 exhibition.
Estonia's regional drone defense plan still to be worked out
Estonia's regional drone defense plan still to be worked out
A plan floated by Estonia to defend the eastern border of the European Union from possible incursions by drones from Russia and Belarus still has a long way to go before becoming a reality, reported Latvian Television's 'De Facto' investigative show June 16.
Latvian Border Guard to get new patrol ship
Latvian Border Guard to get new patrol ship
The Ministry of the Interior and the State Border Guard have signed an agreement on the purchase of a patrol vessel worth EUR 6.29 million for the needs of the State Border Guard, the Border Guard said in a statement on June 12.
Latvia opens new drone testing facility
Latvia opens new drone testing facility
On Thursday, June 6, Latvian Minister of Defense Andris Sprūds visited the Sēlija military training range, where a new training and testing ground for drones was opened.
TechChill helps send another convoy to Ukraine
TechChill helps send another convoy to Ukraine
June 4 saw another aid convoy organized by the "Entrepreneurs for Peace" foundation set off for Ukraine, this time organized in cooperation with the startup and technology conference "TechChill", as well as the Ministry of Defense and the National Armed Forces.
Latvian public invited to civil defense lessons
Latvian public invited to civil defense lessons
On June 15, from 10:00 to 15:00, fourteen Latvian cities (Riga, Bauska, Jūrmala, Ogre, Valmiera, Balvi, Gulbene, Rēzekne, Daugavpils, Jēkabpils, Jelgava, Liepāja, Ventspils and Kuldīga) will host an information day dubbed "Armed with knowledge", in which every resident will be able to learn how to act in crisis situations via practical lessons. 
Head of defense procurement body dismissed
Head of defense procurement body dismissed
President of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs has retired Brigadier General Ervīns Kopeika, Head of the State Center for Defense Logistics and Procurement, according to a statement issued by the President last week.
'Baltic Zenith' coastal military drills starting soon
'Baltic Zenith' coastal military drills starting soon
From June 1 to June 10, the international military exercise "Baltic Zenith 2024" will take place at the Jūrmalciems air force range in the South Kurzeme region, during which soldiers from Latvia, Lithuania and the Czech Republic will improve their skills in combat shooting at air targets including drones.
Six Latvian municipalities still unclear on civil defense plans
Six Latvian municipalities still unclear on civil defense plans
On January 1 this year, all Latvian municipalities were required to include a section in their civil protection plan on what to do in the event of a military invasion or war. Most have already drawn up a comprehensive plan, but six have not yet done that, Latvian Radio reports May 22.
Latvia-Belarus border situation stable
Latvia-Belarus border situation stable
The situation on the Latvian-Belarusian border is stable, but migrants come in waves, says the State Border Guard. Every day, 15-70 attempts to cross the border illegally are detected, Latgale regional television reported May 21.
Russian dual citizens to be banned from Latvian defense service
Russian dual citizens to be banned from Latvian defense service
Latvian dual citizens who also hold Russian citizenship will not be allowed to serve in the State Defense Service (VAD). This is foreseen in the changes to the VAD law, which have been approved by the government on Tuesday May 21 and are still to be considered by the Saeima.
Nearly a third of Latvia's emergency sirens have issues
Nearly a third of Latvia's emergency sirens have issues
28% of alarm sirens installed in Latvia have been found to be malfunctioning, which is more than in previous years. Users of the 112 Latvija mobile app should have received a notification about the alarm siren check, but not everyone did, Latvian Television reported on May 20.
'Drones for Ukraine' hackathon upcoming
'Drones for Ukraine' hackathon upcoming
The Latvian Ministry of Defense has announced that, in cooperation with the company "Latvijas Mobilais telefons" (LMT) from May 29 to 30, an "idea hackathon" with the name "Drones for Ukraine" will be held at the Latvian War Museum in Rīga.
Latvian state decoration given to Canada's army commander
Latvian state decoration given to Canada's army commander
In gratitude for his significant contribution to the promotion of mutual cooperation between Latvia and Canada in the military field and strengthening the security and defense of Latvia, on May 13, the President of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs presented the Order of Viesturs, First Class, to General Wayne Eyre, Commander of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Much unclear about future Sēlija military base
Much unclear about future Sēlija military base
Two years ago, Latvia decided to build a new military training ground in Sēlija. To speed up the process, the Saeima passed a special law a year ago, but from the looks of things, they are not going very fast, Latvian Television's De Facto reported on May 12.
Sprūds: Allied military presence will grow in Latvia
Sprūds: Allied military presence will grow in Latvia
Currently, some 3,000 soldiers of the NATO allied forces are deployed in Latvia, and the number will increase in the coming years, Defense Minister Andris Sprūds (Progressives) said in an interview on the Latvian Television's "Morning Panorama" May 9.

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