Latvia’s "riflemen" now equipped for the 21st century
The very first new G36 rifle was presented to the next commander of the Latvian contingent in Iraq by the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Latvia, Mr. Atis Slakteris The first to use the new weaponry will be Latvian units within the NATO Response Force, as well as units going to Iraq and Afghanistan.
The weapons replacement program is part of the Standard riflemen weapons’ concept which was adopted by the National Armed Forces last year. For the National Armed Forces this modernization means better planning and cooperation with other NATO countries in international operations. The new weapons standards are compatible with those of other NATO countries. In effect, Latvia’s ‘riflemen’ will have the same type of arms that are standard in US, German and French armed forces. The replacement process is planned to be completed by 2014.