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Latvia receives Stinger air defence systems

2nd November 2018 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Latvia has received man-portable Stinger air defence systems from Denmark to be used by the National Armed Forces (NAF).

The Stinger missiles have been delivered under a bilateral agreement signed between the Latvian and Danish defence ministries in 2017. The systems, which include air defence missiles and their launch platforms, will protect combat units from aerial attacks by enemy air force.

Latvia will collaborate with NATO and other allied forces on operational, maintenance and train the trainer courses to ensure smooth introduction of Stinger into the NAF. Maintenance of the systems will be contracted to the NATO Support and Procurement Agency.

In August 2018, Latvian troops travelled to Finland to undergo Stinger operator training. While training, troops also developed a Stinger operator training module based on courses provided in Finland. The new module will be implemented by the newly created air force training centre of the NAF. Training simulators will be delivered in 2019.

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