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Latvian Land Forces
Latvian Land Forces logo
Latvian Land Forces emblem
Country Latvia
Service history
Active 1991
Size 1000
Commanders
Insignia

Land Forces (Latvian language: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.

MissionEdit

Latvian G36KV

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.

StructureEdit

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.
File:NAF 1st Infantry Battalion 01.JPG

Land Forces Infantry Brigade

  • Headquarters
  • HQ and Signal Company
  • 1st Infantry Battalion
  • 2nd Infantry Battalion
  • Fire Support Battalion
  • Combat Support Battalion

CooperationEdit

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, Iraq, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia. and Bosnia.

EquipmentEdit

Military vehiclesEdit

ArtilleryEdit

Air defenceEdit

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

Anti-tank weapons and grenade launchersEdit

Assault rifles and machine gunsEdit

Pistols, shotguns and sniper riflesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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