RIGA, Jan 11 (LETA) - The Latvian National Armed Forces have signed an agreement for purchase of EUR 13 million worth of assault rifles and other weapons for the professional army, the Home Guard and the National Border Guard.The National Armed Forces and German defense manufacturing company Heckler & Koch GmbH have signed a framework agreement and purchase contract for delivery of Heckler's G-36 assault rifles, the Latvian Defense Ministry said.Under the seven-year contract, G-36 assault rifles and other weapons will be purchased for the army and the National Border Guard with first deliveries to be made this year.For reasons of operations security, the Defense Ministry would not specify the types of other weapons to be supplied under the contract. "Purchase of G-36 assault rifles and other guns under the agreement will allow us to modernize the National Armed Forces, Home Guard and Border Guard arsenal with the same type of weapons. It will further enhance the close cooperation and joint development to which we have committed ourselves and are working towards," said Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis.G-36s are currently used by regular force units of the Latvian National Armed Forces. Now the Home Guard will gradually switch to these assault rifles, replacing the AK-4s used before. The Latvian army received its first G-36s in 2006, and has been using them also during international missions in Asia and Africa. The Lithuanian army signed its G-36 purchase contract in 2016. The French special police force, Brigade Anti-criminalite, also uses this type of assault rifles.
Published: 11.01.2018 14:53