Russia's threatened plan to fire rockets over the Baltic Sea proved to be less SpaceX than waste of space for a second time when no projectiles were blasted into the wide blue yonder between April 17 and 19.
April 17 sees an exercise taking place in eastern Latvia organized by the National Armed Forces (NBS) in Audriņi and Vēreme parishes of Rezekne district which will see them teaming up with the Emergency Medical Service, the State Fire-fighting and Rescue Service, the State Police and the State Border Guard.
In 2019 Latvia's National Armed Forces will receive three unmanned aircraft systems (nine aircraft altogether) with financial support from the US, Latvia's Defense Ministry said April 16.
Latvia's Defense Ministry reported April 13 that the Russian military will for the second time in as many weeks shut down air traffic over parts of the Baltic Sea, apparently in order to fire missiles.
With mistaken and tendentious interpretations of Latvia's education reform, Russia is once again demonizing Latvia, said Latvia's Foreign Ministry in a rare statement attempting to refute biased information spread by the Kremlin.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on April 9 that France stands by the Baltic countries on security and defense issues.
The missile tests over Latvia’s exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea, which were announced by Russia but never took place, may have been part of strategic communication, Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis told LTV April 9.
Civil aviation is being diverted and Latvia's military is keeping a wary eye on the situation as a three-day window begins April 4 during which Russia plans to fire missiles over parts of the Baltic Sea, including over Latvia's exclusive economic zone.
Latvia's Defense Ministry said March 29 it was concerned by a sudden announcement from Russia that it will test-fire missiles in the Baltic Sea between Latvia and Sweden next week.
At the Baltic presidents' meeting with US President Donald Trump next week, a declaration will be adopted sending a strong message of the United States' support for strengthening security in the Baltics, President Raimons Vejonis said in an interview with Latvian Television March 29.
Latvia's Ministry of Defense on March 28 invited potential military reservists to volunteer for training courses.
This week the National Armed Forces of Latvia will finalize the delivery of the first Multi-Role radar TPS-77 MRR by testing its air surveillance capabilities, the Ministry of Defense said in a news release, adding that the new radar will significantly boost the air surveillance capabilities of Latvia's armed forces.
On Thursday, March 8, the Saeima re-elected Jānis Maizītis as Director of the Constitution Protection Bureau (SAB), Latvia's secret service.
Latvia plans to spend €234 million on defense procurements this year, the Defense Ministry said February 22.
Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis on Monday, February 12 will sign a €108 million contract to buy "Spike" anti-tank missiles from Israeli manufacturer Rafael.
A spy arrested by Latvian authorities in December was collecting intelligence on Latvia's military objects and the border between Russia and Latvia, Latvia's secret police service, the Security Police, said February 7.
Russia's deployment of Iskander rocket systems in Kaliningrad wouldn't change much by way of theoretical military threat to Latvia's security, seeing as Latvia is within reach of rockets stationed in St. Petersburg, said Latvia's ambassador to Russia Māris Riekstiņš.
Russia stationed nuclear-capable Iskander missiles in its Kaliningrad region on February 5, and intends to leave them there permanently, Lithuania's Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis told BNS.
Latvia's armed forces have ordered a variety of All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) from specialist U.S. manufacturer Polaris, the company announced January 24 in a press release datelined from its Minneapolis headquarters.
NATO Deputy Secretary General, Rose Gottemoeller, will make a two-day official visit to Latvia on February 1-2, the Latvian Defense Ministry said January 30.
An apparent cyber-attack which briefly shut down Latvia's online health system two weeks ago involved attacks on other agencies as government departments as well LTV's De Facto investigative show reported January 28.
On Thursday, Jan 25, Royal Danish Air Force F-16 fighter jets, presently deployed to Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, were launched to conduct their first interception of the current rotation safeguarding NATO airspace in the Baltic region, NATO reported January 26 in a press release.
From 2018 to 2021, Latvia plans on investing about €50 million annually into military infrastructure, the ministry said January 25, reports LETA.
The Riga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence has a new report out which tries to disentangle and clarify the reach and nature of Russia's information and disinformation campaigns in the Baltic states and the wider Nordic region.
The distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Latvia's 'e-health' system, which slowed it down and made IT specialists carry out a temporary shutdown of the service, was most likely a contract attack the likes of which can be freely bought on the black market.
Latvia's armed forces have signed on the dotted line with German arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch GmbH in a new framework agreement for purchase and delivery of the renowned company's G-36 assault rifles.
Several thousand people are on the blacklist that prevents them from entering Latvia, Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis told LTV January 10.
In August 2018, the greatest military exercise since the restoration of the country's independence will take place in Latvia, Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis told LTV January 9.
The NATO air policing mission over Baltic skies last year conducted more intercepts of Russian military aircraft flying close to the borders of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia than they did in 2016, but fewer than in 2015, reported the LETA newswire January 6.