National Armed Forces have transferred G-36 assault rifles and KSP-58 machine guns to State Border Guard who will use these weapons during the training to meet the NATO standards.
According to the National Defence Concept, in cases when Latvia faces threats referred to in the National Armed Forces Law, State Border Guards are required to defend the nation, i.e. border guards are incorporated into the national armed forces to implement the tasks provided in relevant legislation and action plans. National Armed Forces and State Border Guard cooperation during the peacetime includes planning of weapons, equipment and communications interoperability, as well as joint training and crisis response coordination.
‘Defence and interior sectors are cooperating not only because the government requires to do so, our cooperation is also an excellent example of close cross-sectoral cooperation on common security and defence development goals. Better cross-sectoral cooperation will only make Latvia stronger and safer. And that is what government aims to achieve,’ underlined Defence Minister Raimonds Bergmanis.
National Armed Forces introduced G-36 assault rifles in 2006 and soldiers have also used these rifles during international missions in Afghanistan. All units of regular forces are equipped with G-36 rifles, which are also gradually introduced among the National Guard units, replacing the Ak-4 assault rifle. Gradual weapon standardization will eventually ensure that both the regular forces and National Guard use the same weapons.
Procurement of G-36 rifles in the beginning of 2006 launched the first phase of National Armed Forces infantry weapon modernisation programme, which also initiated transition to NATO ammunition calibre standards. The aim of the modernisation is to ensure that soldiers can efficiently engage in different operations, on different terrains and against different vehicles, light armoured vehicles and fortifications, regardless of the time of day, climatic conditions and visibility.
Infantry Weapon Standardization Concept was approved in 2005.
Maj. Mairita Senkevicina
Senior Desk Officer of the Media Relations Section
MILITARY PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia
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