Latvian Land Forces
|Latvian Land Forces|
Latvian Land Forces
|Size||971 professionals, 1287 officers, 1945 NCOs and 10642 Volunteers total: 14845|
The Latvian Land Forces (Latvian: Sauszemes Spēki, SZS) form the regular contingent of the National Armed Forces of Latvia and provide for the defense of all national territories. The development of the Land Forces is directed towards improving their combat and professional capabilities.
The main task of the Land Forces is to defend the national territory during a military threat within the scope of the NATO Treaty, as well as to prepare the Land Force units for their deployment to international missions.
The main mission of the Land Forces is to:
- Provide for the defense of all national territories;
- Ensure combat readiness and the mobilization of units;
- Exterminate explosives;
- Provide public assistance.
Land Forces Infantry Brigade
- HQ and Signal Company
- 1st Infantry Battalion
- 2nd Infantry Battalion
- Fire Support Battalion
- Combat Support Battalion
The Latvian Land Forces have been participating in peacekeeping operations abroad since 1996. Currently, NAF soldiers are deployed on six international peacekeeping missions – in Afghanistan, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia. and Bosnia.
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|Main battle tank|
||3||used only for training|
|Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance|
|CVR(T)||United Kingdom||Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance||
||123 (last vehicle must be delivered by 2016)||All vehicles will be upgraded and overhauled. Some of them will be equipped with anti-tank guided missiles.|
|HMMWV||United States||Armoured cars||60||some equipped with HK GMG, 50.cal.|
|Snatch Land Rover||United Kingdom||Armoured cars|
|Bv 206||Sweden||Amphibious tracked vehicle||
- RBS 70 short-range man-portable air-defence system (MANPAD).
Anti-tank weapons and grenade launchers
- SPIKE fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile.
- AT4 single-shot anti-tank weapon.
- Carl Gustav recoilless rifle 84 mm man-portable reusable multi-role recoilless rifle anti-tank weapon.
- BILL 1 Anti-tank guided weapon.
- Heckler & Koch GMG automatic grenade launcher.
Assault rifles and machine guns
- Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifle (fitted with a AG36 single-shot 40 mm grenade launcher) standard weapon in land forces.
- M16 rifle (M16A1 variant) used only as ceremonial weapon.
- Heckler & Koch MP5 (MP5KA1, MP5A3, MP5SD3 variants) submachine gun.
- Heckler & Koch MP7 (MP7A1 variant) submachine gun.
- Heckler & Koch UMP (UMP9 variant) submachine gun.
- Uzi (Mini-Uzi, Uzi-SMG variants) submachine gun.
- FN Minimi light machine gun.
- M2 Browning machine gun (M2HB-QCB variant).
- Rheinmetall MG 3 general purpose machine gun.
- Heckler & Koch G3 battle rifle (in storage)
Pistols, shotguns and sniper rifles
- Glock pistol (Glock 17, 19, 21 variants) semi-automatic pistol.
- Heckler & Koch USP semi-automatic pistol.
- M1911 pistol (M1911A1 variant) semi-automatic pistol.
- SIG P210 semi-automatic pistol.
- SIG Sauer P232 semi-automatic pistol.
- SIG Sauer P239 semi-automatic pistol.
- Heckler & Koch P2A1 single-shot, break action flare pistol.
- FR F2 sniper rifle.
- Dragunov sniper rifle
- Makarov PMM
- Heckler & Koch HK417 'Sniper' Model - 20" accurized barrel.
- PGM Hecate II heavy sniper rifle.
- AMP Technical Services DSR-1 specialized sniper rifle.
- Remington 870 shotgun.