There is a plan to create 18 rapid response units in the National Guard by 2018, Minister of Defence Raimonds Vejonis said at a news conference on the government's six-month results.
14 units will be platoon-level with integrated air-defense, anti-tank, sniper and engineering capabilities. Four units will specialize in defense against weapons of mass destruction, air-defense, mortar fire support and engineering.
"These will be rapid response units, fully armed and equipped with technical capabilities, so that they can provide support to the armed forces as soon as such a necessity arises," Raimonds Vējonis said. The Latvian defense authorities are also planning a rearming of the National Guard to provide it with the same weaponry systems that are used by Latvia's professional soldiers.
As many as 158 million euros will be allocated for reconnaissance, airspace surveillance and anti-missile defense, Minister of Defence Raimonds Vējonis said earlier.
Over the next eight years, the extra allocation will be spent on new airspace monitoring sensors and radars, individual anti-aircraft defense systems and weapons, upgrading current air-defense capabilities, equipping patrol boats with the necessary systems and developing tactical reconnaissance capabilities, as well as training the troops.