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Latvia to Spend Big on Air Defense

© Sputnik / Mikhail Fomichev / Go to the photo bankAir Defense soldiers during exercises
Air Defense soldiers during exercises - Sputnik International
Latvia is all set to develop its existing system of identifying security threats, including those posed by ballistic missiles.

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In July 2014 the Latvian government approved allocating extra 158 million euros for the improvement of the country’s air-surveillance and anti-aircraft capabilities.

The government accepted Ministry of Defense proposals for the purchase of a new air surveillance radar, individual anti-aircraft defense systems and weapons.

Plans are also apace to upgrade the current air-defense potential, advance the military’s tactical intelligence gathering capabilities and launch a network of personnel training courses.

The former Soviet Baltic republic will also continue to increase its defense budget to meet the 2 percent of GDP level agreed upon by each NATO member state.

Latvia joined the western defense alliance in 2004.

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