The US has deployed two F-22 stealth fighter jets to Siauliai Air base in Lithuania on April 27.\
The US Embassy in Vilnius tweeted pictures along with a video of two F-22s landing at the main NATO Baltic Air Patrol (BAP) airbase in Lithuania.
“Two US Air Force F -22 Raptors landed at the Lithuanian Air Force Aviation Base in Siauliai. US Ambassador McCarthy , Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite , Minister of National Defence J.Olekas and the large number of NATO ambassadors were present during the arrival of the fighter jets,” the US Embassy in Vilnius reported Thursday.
The F-22s were supported by a KC-135R aircraft and belong to a contingent of 12 Raptors from 95th FS from Tyndall Air Force base in Florida.
A US Air Force KC-135 intelligence gathering aircraft that was on a routine mission over the Baltic Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 on April 14.
The two F-22s were deployed to a Romanian airbase for a short while on April 25.
Italtel won a contract to build two transportable data centers to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The data centers will be deployed at the NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Italy (NRDC – ITA), in Solbiate Olona, to align its Communication and Information System (CIS) infrastructure with the requirements of its recently-awarded role of land-heavy Joint Task Force (JTF) Headquarters, which involves leading NATO joint operations within NATO Areas of Responsibility, often performed out of the national borders, the company said in a statement Wednesday
The Initial Operating Capability for Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance will help promoting and enabling data sharing within the NATO Response force. “We, the allied defense ministers, have today declared the initial operational capability for NATO's Joint, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance initiative
In a move to counter ‘Russian Aggression, the UK reportedly will send five warships and 530 naval personnel to join NATOs fleet to increase its military capacity. “Increasing our Nato deployment sends a strong message to our enemies that we are ready to respond to any threat and defend our allies; 2016 will see a particular focus on the Baltic region with our ships sent there as part of the Maritime Group, the Mine Counter Measure Group and the Baltic ops exercise,” The Independent quoted UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon as saying
Lithuania plans to buy $US112 million worth Norwegian and American mid-range air defense systems NASAMS. "We plan to spend a bit more than 100 million euros," Lithuanian Defense Minister Juozas Olekas told BNS news agency
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