Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks and the accompanying delegation visited OTOKAR. Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks expressed his satisfaction with his visit to OTOKAR in a statement after the visit and said, "We are looking forward to testing Turkish military vehicles on Latvian soil." said.
One of the Koç Group companies, Otokar is Turkey's leading automotive and defense industry company, operating in more than 5 countries on 60 continents, with its products whose intellectual property rights belong to it.
Latvian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Artis Pabriks also met with Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu within the scope of his visit to Turkey. Minister Çavuşoğlu after the meeting “We evaluated our relations and cooperation opportunities in the defense industry.“We will improve our cooperation with our 2nd NATO Ally, Latvia, which is showing interest in our drones.” made his statement.
Following the statements of Latvian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Artis Pabriks, it is considered that Latvia will be the second NATO country to supply Bayraktar TB2 S/UAV systems.
Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks made a statement after his visit to Baykar Defense on 7 June 2021. “ Thank you for the wonderful reception! Turkish industry has the highest world standards in research and development, and we value that very much as an ally in NATO. I wish you all success!” he said.
Minister Pabriks on Twitter: "When can we expect Bayraktar TB2 to say 'I am in Latvia' (Es esmu Latvija)?" He replied, “I hope soon.”
Latvia, which is located on the eastern flank of NATO's border with Russia and has a population of around 2 million, is among the countries that feel the Russian threat most widely, along with Lithuania and Estonia. Against this threat, NATO; In 2020, it increased its activities in the Baltic Sea region. It continued to maintain a four battalion-sized multinational and combat-ready combat group led by the United Kingdom in Estonia, Canada in Latvia, Germany in Lithuania, and the United States in Poland.
Recently, 4 sets (24 UAVs) Bayraktar TB2 were sold to Poland, which felt the threat of Russia most seriously.