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Latvia armed with self-propelled howitzers МХNUMXА109Öе, though not new

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The Ministry of Defense of Latvia received the latest ACS M109, delivered in the interests of the republic’s armed forces under a contract concluded in April last year. Austria’s self-propelled howitzers were delivered to the total amount of the contract at 6 million euros, Warspot reports, citing the portal defense-blog.com.


Latvia armed with self-propelled howitzers МХNUMXА109Öе, though not new


According to the contract, the Latvian army received 35 self-propelled howitzers М109А5Öе, 10 armored ReStPz fire control machines (converted from ACS of the М109 family), and also 2 training machines for driver-mechanics (also converted from М109). All equipment is not new, previously it was purchased by the Austrians from the US Army, as well as the so-called British Rhine Army, stationed in Germany. In addition, the cost of the contract included the training of Latvian crews and technicians.

As stated in the Ministry of Defense of Latvia, self-propelled howitzers М109А5Ö received from Austria were the first howitzers of this type, which entered service with the Latvian Armed Forces. Prior to that, only towed artillery was in the republic.

The American self-propelled howitzer M109 was developed in 50-ies and was first used on the battlefield in Vietnam, after which it was used in all conflicts involving the US Army. The maximum firing range of a standard projectile is 22 km, while the active-reactive one is 30 km. Aluminum rolled armor provides protection from small arms fire. weapons and fragments of field artillery shells. The maximum speed of the car - 56 km / h, power reserve - 350 km.

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Latvian Ministry of Defense
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  1. Aaron Zawi
    Aaron Zawi 19 October 2018 15: 59
    +4
    A couple of divisions for two infantry brigades. It is a pretty decent weapon with proper knowledge of it. Latvians are gradually taking their place in the NATO puzzle.
    1. Lopatov
      Lopatov 19 October 2018 16: 13
      +7
      No, this option is clearly not decent. Bullshit for a lot of money, besides requiring specific investments for modernization to the modern level.
      Ridiculously, one M109 with subsequent modernization will cost them more than 7 modern Slovak SGs "Eva", which are at a level unattainable for the M109: both a normal long barrel and fully automatic loading.
      1. Arh
        Arh 19 October 2018 16: 37
        0
        The army is small, for whom are they arming!?!
        1. Lopatov
          Lopatov 19 October 2018 16: 43
          +6
          The owners demand to spend money, not less than three percent of GDP. And Latvia is not Germany or France, to score on such "wishes that cannot be refused"
          1. Thunderbolt
            Thunderbolt 19 October 2018 18: 58
            +1
            Quote: Spade
            +2
            The owners demand to spend money, not less than three percent of GDP. And Latvia is not Germany or France, to score on such "wishes that cannot be refused"

            Lopatov, as an option ... in the event of an aggravation, America re-tints its gunners with Boeing. The materiel and shells have long been in place and the training grounds for the OP have long been mastered by the artillery engineers. The firemen will arrive on Boeing, and then Op? /// as a version /// In general, the Balts and the southern group of young NATO members will be used either on the flanks or in the second echelon.
            1. Lopatov
              Lopatov 19 October 2018 19: 28
              0
              Quote: Thunderbolt
              America is re-painting its gunners with Boeings.

              Meaning?
              The Americans didn’t have such junk even in the National Guard
              1. Thunderbolt
                Thunderbolt 19 October 2018 19: 34
                0
                Quote: Spade
                Meaning?
                The Americans didn’t have such junk even in the National Guard

                The American National Guard is not a beckoning on call, but simply everyone in the military budget will offend her, affect ...
                However, the National Guard is attracted to the hell when the sites provide the marines with their non-FUF support.
              2. Thunderbolt
                Thunderbolt 19 October 2018 19: 41
                0
                the Russian artillery heaps of this, but, we sit quietly, because. in warehouses of what is, then cool --- universal principle.
              3. Thunderbolt
                Thunderbolt 19 October 2018 19: 52
                +1
                Quote: Spade
                Meaning?
                The Americans didn’t have such junk even in the National Guard

                Understood, glad to feel you, I was worried that, on the other hand, the Russian artillery came to life! I am a political instructor, you know. And they do not have "Katyusch" at all. Therefore, the Iraqi tank wedge was hollowed out with the Apaches and they were driving their ATGMs?
      2. Aaron Zawi
        Aaron Zawi 19 October 2018 16: 46
        +1
        Quote: Spade
        No, this option is clearly not decent. Bullshit for a lot of money, besides requiring specific investments for modernization to the modern level.
        Ridiculously, one M109 with subsequent modernization will cost them more than 7 modern Slovak SGs "Eva", which are at a level unattainable for the M109: both a normal long barrel and fully automatic loading.

        For a tiny, wooded Latvia, what is needed. They won’t have to attack. Then you forget that they practically need to create artillery from scratch. Will you buy your first car secondhand or from the passenger compartment for your son?
        1. Korax71
          Korax71 19 October 2018 17: 15
          +1
          Yes, Latvia didn’t buy such firewood. The machines were removed from storage, fully serviced and repaired. Moreover, there is the possibility of installing navigation systems and SLAs on m 109-5. In principle, this money is a smart purchase. Plus, this includes training personnel.
          1. Lopatov
            Lopatov 19 October 2018 17: 51
            0
            Quote: Korax71
            it is possible to install navigation systems and SLAs

            Not a free option. 8))) But at the same time it is urgently necessary, otherwise these machines will simply not be included in the fire control system. That is, they will be forced to use this "opportunity" without fail.
            1. Korax71
              Korax71 19 October 2018 18: 51
              -1
              Well, actually it’s not quite like that. It’s just that the possibility of modernization has not been exhausted. It’s possible to establish and bring its capabilities to the possibilities of 109. It certainly will not work, but because you also need a tower, and something else, but nevertheless .
        2. Lopatov
          Lopatov 19 October 2018 17: 38
          +2
          Quote: Aron Zaavi
          Will you buy your first car secondhand or from the passenger compartment for your son?

          I definitely won’t buy a bucket of nuts, which will initially cost up to two with a penny of brand new economy class cars before modernization.
        3. Moore
          Moore 20 October 2018 06: 37
          0
          Quote: Aron Zaavi
          For a tiny, wooded Latvia, what is needed. They won’t have to attack.

          I’ll say more, they won’t have to defend themselves if something happens. No one will spend battalion tactical groups on overcoming this with the permission to say obstacles.
          There is enough smart iron in the Russian Federation to turn this double second-hand into scrap metal - in the best case for Latvians non-radioactive.
          They know about it, but noblesse oblige - the NATO umbrella is not free. For the peace of elite shining asses (basically, by the way, asses from exile) you need to buy something - if not from the owner himself, then from his close ones.
    2. Granddad
      Granddad 19 October 2018 16: 28
      +1
      Quote: Aaron Zawi
      A couple of divisions for two infantry brigades. It is a pretty decent weapon with proper knowledge of it. Latvians are gradually taking their place in the NATO puzzle.

      Yes, this is junk for the parades purchased by Aron .. There will be Baltic states as punishers and guards, they weren’t equal there.
    3. krops777
      krops777 20 October 2018 04: 11
      -1
      Latvians are gradually taking their place in the NATO puzzle.


      Meanwhile, Latvia for some reason bought up all the rye in Russia, apparently guns with guns and I always want to eat and do not care what the enemies are, since they are friends. wink
  2. Alexey-74
    Alexey-74 19 October 2018 16: 00
    0
    Arming adversaries .....
    1. Aaron Zawi
      Aaron Zawi 19 October 2018 16: 02
      +1
      Quote: Alexey-74
      Arming adversaries .....

      The whole world is arming.
  3. Jerk
    Jerk 19 October 2018 16: 02
    0
    Let's go fishing right now. Right now we’ll go fishing, all the sprats in the river will come up!
  4. Sergey39
    Sergey39 19 October 2018 16: 03
    -1
    The tribaltika turns into a training ground for storing obsolete equipment and for conducting exercises. There is nowhere else in Europe. Atut such desert territories disappear.
    1. Theodore
      Theodore 19 October 2018 17: 45
      0
      Proeppaltics! hi
  5. Jerk
    Jerk 19 October 2018 16: 05
    -1
    Quote: Aron Zaavi
    Latvians are gradually taking their place in the NATO puzzle.

    Soon Lithuania itself will be caught up!

    But pasaran, I’m going to ram, so to speak ...
  6. strannik1985
    strannik1985 19 October 2018 16: 09
    0
    The "old" NATO partners are keeping their nose up to the wind more and more, therefore, the Balts are being rearmed.
  7. Snegg
    Snegg 19 October 2018 16: 13
    -1
    "Rolled aluminum armor provides protection against small arms fire and fragments of field artillery shells" - it turned out not sickly cut ....
  8. AleBors
    AleBors 19 October 2018 16: 42
    -1
    How could it be ... Nate to you, God, that we are worthless ...
  9. APASUS
    APASUS 19 October 2018 16: 51
    0
    I wonder what kind of guns of this technique, files developed in no other way? For 6 mil euros:
    35 M109A5Öe self-propelled howitzers, 10 ReStPz armored fire control vehicles (converted from M109 self-propelled guns), and 2 driver training vehicles (also converted from M109).

    If the price of M109A6 Paladin was in 1998, $ 1,624 mil
    1. Korax71
      Korax71 19 October 2018 17: 25
      0
      A normal m284 gun with a length of 39 calibers. In principle, according to the characteristics of the m109, it is comparable to our 2s3
      1. APASUS
        APASUS 19 October 2018 19: 12
        0
        Quote: Korax71
        A normal m284 gun with a length of 39 calibers. In principle, according to the characteristics of the m109, it is comparable to our 2s3

        When something that costs 50-60 mil $ is sold 10 times cheaper (even if used) it is worth doubting that they are normal
        1. Ros 56
          Ros 56 19 October 2018 21: 56
          0
          it is doubtful that they are normal

          Are you talking about customers? laughing fellow wassat
          1. APASUS
            APASUS 19 October 2018 23: 17
            0
            Quote: Ros 56
            Are you talking about customers?

            No, it's me about the files!
            1. Ros 56
              Ros 56 20 October 2018 07: 55
              0
              About drastic or velvet? Or about rasps? request laughing lol
  10. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 19 October 2018 17: 07
    +3
    We still have such. At 22 km will not reach, of course. But at 15 it shoots pretty accurately.
  11. Dzafdet
    Dzafdet 19 October 2018 19: 15
    -1
    Spratniks are arming themselves. Preparing to go on the offensive? I wonder how they have with the budget of the country? They will soon be removed from allowance ... But the equipment must be kept ..
  12. Reserve buildbat
    Reserve buildbat 19 October 2018 19: 18
    0
    And the name in Russian is read as М109А5 Oh-eh?
    They would have bought museum cast iron at the price of Boeing.
  13. Ros 56
    Ros 56 19 October 2018 21: 53
    -1
    Do the Chukhons have diesel fuel for them? Yes, and the maintenance of money is worth it, they themselves live on a leak in the EU.
  14. kplayer
    kplayer 20 October 2018 12: 02
    +1
    M109A5 (Sample 1993) former British M109A1 / A2.
    OE-modification (1995-97) is equipped with an inertial navigation system, probably MAPS (late 80s - early 90s, installed on M109A6, AS-90 and other 155-mm NATO self-propelled guns of that period), allowing howitzers to operate autonomously and dispersed, realizing the "shot and disappeared" tactics; Swiss electric guidance drives and power supply system; Austrian semi-automatic rammer.

    https://militaryperiscope.com/mdb-smpl/weapons/artguns/selfprop/w0003617.shtml

    In any case, the presence of 155 mm NATO howitzers in the immediate vicinity of the Russian borders is extremely unpleasant, albeit, according to some, outdated.