Firewall against Russia: Baltic countries to cooperate on HIMARS system

By Defence Industry Europe

The defence ministers of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia have agreed to jointly operate the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) in both peace and wartime scenarios. This agreement follows their individual procurement of the system post Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022.


The specifics of this Baltic collaboration remain under wraps. However, a Baltic defense ministry source revealed plans for a unified supply chain, including common procurement of rockets and missiles for HIMARS. The countries will also develop joint tactical, operational, and strategic plans for the system’s use.

Joint military training and drills are planned to ensure cohesive operation of the HIMARS systems, along with shared maintenance, service, and logistical support.



All of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia have ordered the HIMARS system from the United States after Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022.

In December 2022, Lithuania signed a USD 495 million deal for eight HIMARS launchers with several types of rockets and missiles. Also in December 2022, Estonia signed a deal for six HIMARS launchers. Finally, in December 2023, Latvia signed a deal for six HIMARS launchers.

All deals include various types of munitions, notably the ATACMS tactical ballistic missiles with a 300km range.



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