Estonia And Latvia To Joint Procurement Of Air Defense System And HIMARS
The Estonian Minister of Defence Hanno Pevkur mentioned the chances of Estonian-Latvian cooperation together with his Latvian counterpart, Artis Pabriks, throughout his first international go to to Riga. The strengthening of the area’s defence capabilities will concentrate on the joint procurement of a medium-range air defence system, the event of MLRS/HIMARS land-based a number of rocket launcher functionality, the implementation of the choices taken on the Madrid Summit, and the necessity to proceed offering help to Ukraine.
“At current, one of many key duties in our cooperation is to forge forward with the Estonian-Latvian joint procurement of medium-range air defence techniques. I hope that the governments of each international locations will shortly take the mandatory selections to begin the precise buy course of. The HIMARS a number of rocket launcher functionality improvement cooperation venture is one other essential precedence. We additionally wish to transfer ahead swiftly with the Estonia-Latvia-Lithuania defence cooperation settlement. This can solely serve to strengthen the already shut cooperation between the three Baltic States,,” stated Minister of Defence Pevkur after the assembly.
The defence ministers additionally mentioned Estonia’s expertise with its reserve military and conscription primarily based mannequin of defence, and its significance as a pillar of the nation’s impartial defence. They acknowledge Latvia’s plan to return to conscription. The defensive will of small international locations and the energy of their impartial defence capabilities lies of their reserve forces. Defence Ministers Pevkur and Pabriks additionally laid wreaths on the memorial to the primary Commander of the Nationwide Armed Forces of Latvia, Colonel Oskars Kalpaks.
The M142 Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) is a lightweight a number of rocket launcher developed within the late Nineteen Nineties for america Military and mounted on an ordinary U.S. Military M1140 truck body. The M142 carries one pod with both six GMLRS rockets or one ATACMS missile on the U.S. Military’s new Household of Medium Tactical Automobiles (FMTV) five-ton truck, and may launch the whole A number of Launch Rocket System Household of Munitions (MFOM). M142 ammunition pods are interchangeable with the M270 MLRS; nonetheless, it is ready to carry just one pod somewhat than the usual two for the M270 and its variants. The launcher might be transported by Lockheed C-130 Hercules plane
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