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Latvia makes its largest defence investment in air defence system

13th December 2023 - 16:50 GMT | by Damian Kemp in London


Latvia will join Ukraine, Sweden and Norway as an operator of the IRIS-T SLM. (Photo: Diehl Defence)

Latvia and Estonia have committed to purchasing Diehl IRIS-T SLM medium-range air defence systems with the system set to provide a substantial boost to Latvia’s air defence capabilities.

Latvia has made its largest defence investment as an independent country, signing a EUR600 million (US$647 million) deal with Diehl Defence for an IRIS-T SLM medium-range air defence system.

The deal, announced earlier this month, came out of a framework agreement signed between Latvia, Estonia and Diehl Defence in September 2023. Deliveries will start in 2026 with training and infrastructure upgrades to begin soon to prepare Latvian forces for the arrival of the systems.

With both countries set to operate the system it has been anticipated that the purchase will achieve cost savings and facilitate mutual coordination in the defence of the

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Damian Kemp


Damian Kemp

Damian Kemp has worked in the defence media for 25 years covering military aircraft, defence …

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