American Lieutenant-General Timopthy Kinnan, a US ambassador in NATO, wound up Tuesday his two-day inspection tour about the Latvian armed forces. He was familiarized, in part, with a plan for the development of the Latvian armed forces for a period ending in 2008, to be submitted for NATO's consideration this November. On Kinnan's itinerary were a naval base in Lijepaja, a military training centre in Adazhi and the control centre of the united air space surveillance system for the Baltic countries in the airport of Riga. This was a second recent visit by a high-ranking US serviceman to Latvia after General Carlton Fulford, deputy commander-in-chief of the US armed forces in Europe, performed a similar mission in Latvia a week ago. These visits are viewed in the Latvian political and military circles as a confirmation of the US intention to offer backing to the Baltic states' admission to the pact at the next NATO summit this autumn.
The combat version of the Russian robotic vehicle Marker will be able to automatically detect and destroy enemy equipment