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Michigan-Latvia partnership continues

Michigan-Latvia partnership continues

In the 25-year cooperation between the Michigan National Guard and the National Armed Forces of Latvia, one of the strongest recent areas of focus has been the development of airfield support capability at Lielvārde Air Base, Latvia’s main Air Force installation and a major focal point of NATO air operations in the Baltic region. The… Read more »

Source: US National Guard, 03-Dec-18

US State Department to possibly sell UH-60 Black Hawks to Latvia

US State Department to possibly sell UH-60 Black Hawks to Latvia

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Latvia of four (4) UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $200 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Latvia has requested to… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 06-Aug-18

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Latvia Border Guard to expand fleet

Latvia Border Guard to expand fleet

Leonardo is pleased to announce that the State Border Guard of Latvia has signed a contract for two AW119Kx single engine helicopters plus option for an additional unit, customised configuration and aircrew/maintenance technician training services. The aircraft will be delivered from the Company’s facility in Philadelphia in 2019 and will perform a wide range of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 03-Jan-18

12-Jul-12 YL-HCJ Robinson R44 Kastīres, Latvia

Helicopter was involved in operation cutting trees back along a powerline, using an underslung saw.  Finnish pilot

12-Jul-12

EC funds two Mi-8s for UN World Food Program

EC funds two Mi-8s for UN World Food Program

Quick and safe access to humanitarian crises is at times difficult and often altogether impossible when infrastructure such as roads and bridges are destroyed or conflict makes them too dangerous to use. This means that assistance cannot reach people in need fast enough and such a delay may lead to loss of lives. The European… Read more »

Source: ECHO Nairobi, 08-Dec-11

Three Latvian air crew freed in Darfur after 36 days captivity

Three Latvian air crew freed in Darfur after 36 days captivity

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed the news that three Latvian men working as helicopter aircrew for the WFP United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in the western Sudanese region of Darfur, have been freed after more than a month in captivity. WFP said that the three Latvians, a pilot,… Read more »

Source: UN World Food Programme, 10-Dec-10

GM Helicopters confirms three crew kidnapped in Sudan

GM Helicopters confirms three crew kidnapped in Sudan

Latvian helicopter company GM Helicopters has confirmed that three of its crew have been kidnapped in Sudan. The company is currently in contact with the Latvian Foreign Ministry.

Source: Baltic Course, 08-Nov-10

Latvia, Lithuania oppose possible selling of Mistral helicopter ship to Russia

“The European Union and NATO should sell armaments and military hardware to countries, which do not pose the risk of regional tensions,” Latvian Defense Minister Imants Liegis said. “Before concluding strategic deals, EU member countries should hold internal consultations on items that may call into question the security of other members,” he noted.

Source: ITAR-TASS, 28-Feb-10

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