Latvia to buy anti-tank missiles for EUR 108 million

  • 2018-02-10
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis (Greens/Farmers) and EuroSpike executives Gunter Lauer and Arie Lapidot will sign an agreement at the Defense Ministry next Monday on the purchase of Israeli-made Spike anti-tank missile systems for EUR 108 million, LETA was told at the Defense Ministry.

Developing anti-tank capabilities is one of the Latvian defense sector’s priorities, and Spike anti-tank missile systems have been recognized as best suited for with the National Armed Forces’ (NAF) needs. The Spike anti-tank missile systems will be added to the NAF’s existing weaponry and bolster the fighting ability of regular NAF units and Home Guard.

Spike missiles will be installed also on the CVRT reconnaissance vehicles that have been purchased from the UK.

Spike anti-tank missile systems are in the military arsenal of 28 countries, including Lithuania, Poland, Finland and Germany.

It is planned that the Spike anti-tank missiles will be supplied to Latvia in installments by 2023.

Multinational companies Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Diehl Defense GmbH & Co. KG and Rheinmetall Electronics are involved in the manufacture and delivery of the anti-tan missile systems are subcontractors.