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Latvia close to M109 purchase

21st March 2017 - 15:00 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in Riga


Latvia is just weeks away from finalising an agreement with the Austrian government for the acquisition of second hand self-propelled howitzers.

Acquisition of these guns marks a significant increase in artillery capability for the small Baltic state and mirrors efforts by neighbours Estonia and Lithuania to acquire 155mm systems.

The deal will see the Riga government buy up to 47 units of 155mm M109A5Öe SPHs and associated equipment. The M109A5Öe is an Austrian modernisation of the legacy M109A2/A3 variants.

The Austrian Army bought and upgraded these examples from the UK MoD in the mid-90s as they downsized and transitioned to

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Grant Turnbull


Grant Turnbull

Grant Turnbull was the editor of Land Warfare International and Digital Battlespace magazines with Shephard …

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