Latvia will buy Mk2 missiles for the RBS-70 short-range anti-aircraft missile system in Sweden, the Latvian Defense Ministry said.
Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis during his visit to Sweden on Thursday met with Anna Frojd, Head of Market Area Nordic and Baltic at SAAB Dynamics AB, and signed the contract about purchase of Mk2 missiles.
"Air defense is currently one of our priorities in strengthening national defense. The contract with SAAB Dynamics AB will bring our air defense capacity to a new, higher level of quality. Sweden has for long been Latvia’s partner in air defense training. We have been cooperating for more than 10 years,” the Latvian defense minister said, adding that large numbers of Latvian troops have been trained in this cooperation which dated back to 2004 when Latvian joined NATO.
Mk2 missiles are meant for the RBS-70 short-range anti-aircraft missile systems that Latvia purchased from SAAB Dynamics AB in 2005. The missiles will be delivered to Latvia in 2015 and 2016 with an option of further deliveries in 2017. The total amount of the contract for 2015-16 is 3.67 million euros.
The SAAB Dynamics AB representative said the company was honored by Latvia’s decision to keep ordering from them missiles for RBS-70 which demonstrated Latvia’s trust in the missile system and was a proof to quality production and support services.
Development of air defense capacity is one the priorities under the plan for development of the Latvian National Armed Forces in 2012-2024.
During his official visit to Sweden the Latvian defense minister is scheduled to meet with his Swedish counterpart, Peter Hultqvist, and the members of the Swedish parliamentary committee on defense. Bergmanis will also visit a regiment of the Swedish Armed Forces Guard, as well as the Swedish Armed Forces International Centre, and the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations.