RIGA, Oct 2 (LETA) – Austria has delivered the first self-propelled howitzers that the National Armed Forces have purchased.
The howitzers have been delivered by ferry to Liepaja port, the National Armed Forces said in their posts on social networks.
As reported, Austria planned to deliver M109 series self-propelled artillery systems to Latvia. The price of a unit is dependent on their modification – between EUR 60,000 to 140,000.
Austria is expected to deliver 47 units to Latvia.
The howitzers were modernized between 2003 and 2007, and the first delivery was expected in the autumn. This is a significant increase in fire-power for the Latvian armed forces.
The Defence Ministry informs that the howitzer project is one of the most important military equipment projects with the aim of strengthening the Latvian armed forces.