Latvia signs EUR 164 million contract on the purchase of Himars systems

  • 2023-12-20
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Latvia has signed a contract with the United States for the purchase of Himars missile artillery systems and ammunition for a total amount of approximately USD 180 million (EUR 164.2 million), Defense Minister Andris Spruds (Progressives) has announced.

The National Armed Forces (NAF) will also be equipped with long-range and high-precision Atacms missiles, which will significantly strengthen the NAF's firepower. This is another important step in strengthening the strategic partnership between Latvia and the United States and in developing NATO's defense capabilities, the Minister emphasized.

The Himars systems could be received in 2026/2027, State Secretary of the Ministry of Defense Janis Garisons told reporters in early September.

As reported, Latvia recently announced that it will acquire the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) anti-tank missile system worth USD 105 million (EUR 97.4 million), with the United States co-funding the largest part of the purchase.

The NSM systems are manufactured by the US company Raytheon and the Norwegian company Kongsberg.

The NSM is planned to be deployed from 2026, with full delivery in 2027.

Furthermore, this past November, the Latvian Ministry of Defense signed a contract for the delivery of the IRIS-T medium-range air defense system. The contract signed with the German company Diehl Defence amounts to approximately EUR 600 million. The system will be delivered to Latvia in 2026.