Latvia buys the second batch of American self-propelled howitzers M-109A5OE

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Latvia continues to replace the artillery fleet, getting rid of towed artillery in favor of self-propelled ones. As reported by the Latvian media, the country's Ministry of Defense has signed a contract for the supply of American self-propelled howitzers M-109A5OE.

The Latvian military department has signed a second contract for the supply of 18 self-propelled howitzers M-109A5OE from the presence of the Austrian army. The contract value was 2 million euros, the delivery dates have not been named, since they have not yet been agreed due to the coronavirus pandemic.



Considering the new batch, there will already be 53 M-109A5OE self-propelled guns in the artillery units of the Latvian army. Until 2018, the armed forces of Latvia had only towed artillery.

In 2018, Latvia received from Austria 35 self-propelled howitzers М109А5ОЕ, 10 armored fire control vehicles ReStPz (converted from self-propelled guns of the М109 family), as well as 2 training vehicles for driver mechanics (also converted from М109). All equipment from the presence of the Austrian army, and the Austrians themselves bought self-propelled guns from the presence of the US army, as well as the so-called British Rhine army stationed in Germany.

The American self-propelled howitzer M109 was developed in the 50s of the last century. The maximum range of firing with a standard projectile is 22 km, with an active-jet projectile - 30 km. Aluminum rolled armor provides protection against 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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    1. -3
      19 May 2021
      It just rolls over - well, what the hell are they to them and the army in general -.
      1. -3
        19 May 2021
        Oh, how you want to sell to these Tribalts something in a frozen form of a sample of the 60s, but, alas, for their minds this is already a super technique - they will only master it by (2021-1955 = 46) 2070.
        1. +1
          19 May 2021
          I agree and in addition to the VO admins.
        2. +3
          19 May 2021
          Why 60s? The M109A5 is a completely different weapon compared to the original version. It was put into service in 1992. In addition to the rate of fire, its characteristics are quite comparable to the 2S19, the main ground artillery system of the MFA of the RF Armed Forces. And some, alas, even surpass ...
      2. +2
        19 May 2021
        Quote: bald
        It just rolls over - well, what the hell are they to them and the army in general -.

        Hello, we've arrived.
        You know that even such a supernumerary "state" like the Vatican has its own army.
        And the "commander-in-chief" himself, represented by the United States, ordered Latvia to have an army and "modern" American weapons.

        It is not so important that numerous and successful enterprises built during the period when Latvia was part of the USSR were closed, the main thing is to have something to shoot from.
        They are preparing for defense, and perhaps for an attack on the "aggressor".
        1. +6
          19 May 2021
          numerous and successful enterprises built during the period when Latvia was part of the USSR
          It turned out, alas and ah, completely uncompetitive. The new "RAF" were in no way comparable to the used "Mercedes", footwear from the Liepaja plant was many times worse than Ecco and DrMartens, and further down the list. Lauma is still not easy to compete with imports from Bangladesh.
          1. 0
            19 May 2021
            Quote: Bolt Cutter
            ... It turned out, alas and ah, completely uncompetitive ...

            Weak argument.
            On the Russian market, many Latvian enterprises could successfully trade for a long time, if money were invested in them and local politicians did not engage in Russophobia. The experience of Belarusian and Ukrainian enterprises until 2014 proves this.
            1. +2
              19 May 2021
              The experience of Belarusian and Ukrainian enterprises until 2014 proves this.
              Belarusians and Ukrainians took cheapness, low wages of workers allowed. In Latvia, salaries were already significantly higher. And excuse me - will you choose RAF or Ford Transit?
          2. +7
            19 May 2021
            Quote: Bolt Cutter
            They turned out, alas and ah, completely uncompetitive ..

            Unfortunately, no one put the master's hand, in the sense they did, but for other purposes. It's a pity for RAF, especially after GM seems to have been killed, and they seemed to want to move production ... Amen
        2. -4
          19 May 2021
          Do you at least understand what you said? ..., you mixed everything up, you now expose yourself as an enemy of Russia
      3. +2
        19 May 2021
        Latvia, like Lithuania and Estonia, is NATO's Baltic bridgehead against Russia and they will fight with us, of course, not alone, but under the careful leadership and with the help of the United States.

        In spite of what the United States demands of them today is to strengthen their armies, which they are doing.

        In parallel, the United States exerts economic pressure on Russia, limiting our development and developing its missile defense system, which in the long term will not allow us to deliver a nuclear strike against the United States in the event of a military invasion from their side.

        They have everything going according to plan.
    2. 0
      19 May 2021
      Right! Who needs your cartridge case loading! Only cap, only hardcore! Bannik is our everything! laughing wassat
    3. +1
      19 May 2021
      I wonder who they are going to fight with? And how many shots will they have time to make? ((.
      1. 0
        19 May 2021
        If you look for an opponent in strength, then with the Pistons.
    4. +3
      19 May 2021
      "All the equipment from the presence of the Austrian army, and the Austrians themselves bought self-propelled guns from the presence of the US army, as well as the so-called British Rhine army stationed in Germany"
      It is called - all junk to third countries ... wink
    5. +3
      19 May 2021
      I congratulate them in every possible way.
    6. 0
      19 May 2021
      A banal attempt to gain loyalty from the Hegemon.
      Tabaka's lot is the fate of the current elite of Latvia.
    7. +3
      19 May 2021
      Austrian women are great - instead of recycling, they sold sprats for good money ...
    8. 0
      19 May 2021
      Self-propelled vehicles are better than towed vehicles. Moreover, they have a towed one that is not new. And 100 thousand euros for a living car is very cheap + NATO caliber.
      1. 0
        19 May 2021
        The question is how much she is alive, after all, the third owner is not the first.
        1. +1
          20 May 2021
          Nobody takes the incapacitated into service, only for spare parts. Before the sale, at least they are restored to combat readiness, and often they are also repaired / modernized
      2. +1
        19 May 2021
        Quote: MaxWRX
        Self-propelled vehicles are better than towed vehicles. Moreover, they have a towed one that is not new. And 100 thousand euros for a living car is very cheap + NATO caliber.

        We have the same one. Almost all SPGs were purchased in the 70s / 80s. Nothing quite works for itself.
    9. -5
      19 May 2021
      Latvia buys second batch of American self-propelled howitzers

      I can't wait to shoot at the "Russian villages" .. Well, well

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