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i´m see scorpion vehicles? it´s the dotation of Latvian Army?

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 4 September that it has sold 123 surplus combat reconnaissance armoured vehicles to the Latvian Army in a £39.4 million package.

The vehicles - understood to be Scimitar, Scorpion and Samaritan vehicles of the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) family of vehicles - have previously used by UK forces on operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to the MoD, the vehicles became available following the strategic defence and security review in 2010 in which they were identified as surplus to requirements as the UK’s armed forces restructure to better meet the challenges they will face in the future.

The vehicles, which will be overhauled and refurbished under the package, will give the Latvian Army enhanced transportation capabilities for infantry, reconnaissance teams, air defence sections and mortar fire controllers. They will also provide vital battlefield capabilities including ambulances, armoured command vehicles and armoured recovery vehicles.

Michael Fallon, Defence Secretary, said: ‘I am delighted that Latvia will soon benefit from these proven and life-saving battlefield capabilities, including ambulances and command centres.

‘This is just one way we are supporting our Baltic NATO allies. As a leading member of NATO the UK is keen to restate publicly our support for the collective security of its members and enable our partners to contribute to international peacekeeping and security operations.’

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following the strategic defence and security review in 2010 in which they were identified as surplus to requirements as the UK’s armed forces restructure to better meet the challenges they will face in the future.

I just love it when the bureaucrats use these terms, bullshit jingoese for cutting the defence forces back while preserving their own jobs :).
 
agree, politicians here like to surround themselves with body guards and bullet proof vehicles, but do not like to provide the necessary tools to the armed forces, to deter encroachment of PH territories. They promoting self interest.
 
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Come one, Scimitar, Scorpion, Samaritan vehicles are obsolete or almost obsolete. Selling them to Latvia is not a bad movement for UK Armed Forces, but for the Latvian ones :)
 
Come one, Scimitar, Scorpion, Samaritan vehicles are obsolete or almost obsolete. Selling them to Latvia is not a bad movement for UK Armed Forces, but for the Latvian ones :)

Given how well even more obsolete Saxons worked out for Ukrainians, getting cheap AND reliable and still effective APCs/IFVs for Latvia is not such a bad move. Latvia is a poor country, for such nation maintenance costs for the fleet of vehicles is just as important consideration as anything else.
 
Sappers from the enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Latvia participate in an engineering exercise at Camp Ādaži, Latvia on May 17, 2018.

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Finnish company Oy Sisu Auto Ab (Sisu Auto) has been declared winner in a tender to supply armored vehicles to the Latvian National Armed Forces (NAF) for EUR 200 million, but two other bidders have filed complaints, LETA learned.
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On September 13-15, the "Rīgas Zobens 2019" (English: "Riga Sword 2019") military exercise took place in some areas of responsibility of the 1st National Guard Brigade in Riga. The exercise area covered some districts of Riga, as well as Marupe, Garkalne, Stopiņi, Bauska and Iecava.

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Come one, Scimitar, Scorpion, Samaritan vehicles are obsolete or almost obsolete. Selling them to Latvia is not a bad movement for UK Armed Forces, but for the Latvian ones :)
No, at a time it wasn't a bad decision to acquire those vehicles. Especially knowing that they had very strict budget restraints (could only spend ~15% on the new equipment, now it's near 35% of the total budget). The other down selected options were Marders from German Bundeswehr and turret-less CV90s from the Norwegian army (which later were acquired by neighboring Estonians ).
For 44 million Euros we were getting 123 completely refurbished vehicles (including new engines and transmissions):
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Accordingly to the publicly available information, they were chosen due to being the most suitable for our swampy terrain. Basically, they can access any location in our country due to their small weight. They can even be transported in regular trailers:
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The total cost of the program over the ten years is 260.7 million euros, which includes:
training,
spare parts,
ammunition,
additional weapon systems, (like SPIKE ATGM for 108 million euros or 41% of the total program's 10-years budget),
C2 systems,
infrastructure.

Given how well even more obsolete Saxons worked out for Ukrainians, getting cheap AND reliable and still effective APCs/IFVs for Latvia is not such a bad move. Latvia is a poor country, for such nation maintenance costs for the fleet of vehicles is just as important consideration as anything else.
No, these are reconnaissance vehicles not proper APCs/IFVs. They are planning to use them as "platforms" for ATGM and SHORAD systems primarily.
 

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