Latvia collectively agreed with Estonia on the buy of German anti-aircraft missile systems in mid-September.
According to info from the Ministry of Defense in Riga, the manufacturing firm Diehl Defense would begin deliveries from 2026.
The ministry beforehand emphasised that this will be the largest air protection procurement in the historical past of the two Baltic states.
Riga and Tallinn are additionally a part of the European Sky Shield Initiative (ESSI). ESSI goals to assist “shut the gaps” in the European space underneath NATO safety. This is very true for the Baltic states, certainly one of whose weaknesses lies in air protection capabilities.
According to the producer’s knowledge, the Iris-T weapon system is efficient towards airplanes, helicopters, maneuvering robotic plane, and short-range ballistic missiles. Each unit has a radar station, management middle and three missile launchers mounted on vans. The system is able to intercepting flying targets at an altitude of as much as 20 kilometers and at a distance of 40 kilometers.
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