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NATO demonstrates HIMARS rocket system in Latvia in show of force

Latvia hosted a day of military training featuring the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) transported for the occasion from Germany.

The demonstration was intended to show that NATO was ready to defend the Baltic, although technical problems meant that the rockets with a range of 300 kilometers were not fired during the time window allocated by traffic control air.

“For us, it’s to increase the confidence that our allies can come here quickly: it’s an answer to the skeptics who wonder how quickly they can deploy. It takes a few hours,” said Leonids Kalnins, commander of the National Armed Forces.

“This is also another opportunity to say once again how important Article 5 of NATO is, that an attack on one member of NATO is an attack on all members of NATO. The Western alliance must remain united to bring this war in Ukraine to an end.” end,” added John Carwile, U.S. Ambassador to Latvia.

The rockets returned to Germany after the demonstration, but the three Baltic states have now placed orders with the United States for their own HIMARS, with the first to be delivered in three years.

The American-made M142 HIMARS is one of the most advanced multiple launch rocket systems in the world, with its operational range of up to 480 km allowing it to strike targets at a great distance.

HIMARS is believed to have played a crucial role in the recent counter-offensive by Ukrainian forces which saw it liberate significant parts of the country’s east from the Russian military following the full-scale invasion of Moscow in late February.

euronews Gt

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