Latvia has taken the delivery of the first four combat vehicles (Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) or CVR(T)) it has purchased from the United Kingdom for training of military technicians, mechanics and soldiers.
"This is an important step towards strengthening Latvia’s self-defence capacity because the upgraded vehicles that will be equipped with the best anti-tank weapons will significantly improve the combat capacity and mobility of the Infantry Brigade of the [Latvian] Land Force,” sad Minister of Defence Raimonds Bergmanis.
Last year Latvia signed an agreement about purchasing 123 CVR(T)s from the United Kingdom. Although the vehicles are not new, they will be renovated and upgraded before the delivery. The CVR(T)s will be delivered to Latvia in several batches between 2016 and 2020.
The Latvian government approved the agreement about purchasing from the United Kingdom 123 CVR(T)s for 48.1 million euros in August 2014 and the defense ministers of both countries signed the agreement on September 4, 2014. Latvia will also be purchasing Spike anti-tank missile systems to be installed on the CVR(T)s.