Latvian Air Force Purchases RBS70 Air Defense System

Released on Thursday, November 25, 2004
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The government of Latvia and Saab Bofors Dynamics, a Saab wholly owned subsidiary, have signed an agreement worth SEK185 million (roughly $26 million) for the purchase of RBS70 air defense systems intended for use by the Latvian Air Force.

This decision means Latvia becomes the seventeenth customer and another NATO country customer for the RBS70 short range air defense system suitable for both dismounted infantry and lightweight ground vehicles. In recent years, major orders for this weapon have been placed by Australia and Finland.

The RBS70 weapon system consists of a tripod, day and night sights, IFF, and the impressive Bolide short-range surface-to-air missile. The RBS70s sold to Latvia are a combination of Sweden armed forces donated materiel and new materiel from Saab Bofors Dynamics. All of these systems will be delivered upgraded to the most advanced RBS70 variant, which includes Bolide supersonic missile.

The RBS70s ordered by Latvia will be fully compliant with NATO requirements. Deliveries are scheduled to take place in 2006 and 2007. No further details about this order have been disclosed yet.


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