Latvian Land Forces

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Latvian Land Forces
Latvian Land Forces logo.png
Latvian Land Forces emblem
Active 1991
Country Latvia
Type Land Forces
Size 1000

Land Forces (Latvian: Sauszemes Spēki(SZS)) form the regular contingent of the National Armed Forces and provide for the defense of all national territories. The development of the Land Forces is directed towards improving their combat and professional capabilities.


Latvian soldier in Iraq

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.


Latvian military units and bases
Source: Jane's World Armies Issue 23 - 2008
Note: "Special Tasks Unit" is a special forces unit of battalion size.
Soldier from NAF 1st Infantry Battalion during exercises

Land Forces Infantry Brigade

  • Headquarters
  • 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.


Military vehicles[edit]


Air defence[edit]

  • Sweden RBS 70 short-range man-portable air-defence system (MANPAD).

Anti-tank weapons and grenade launchers[edit]

Assault rifles and machine guns[edit]

Pistols, shotguns and sniper rifles[edit]


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