Lithuania has decided to open talks with the Norwegian government on acquisition of medium-range missile defense systems NASAMS.
"We have decided to open negotiations with the Norwegian government on possible purchase of the NASAMS systems," Lithuania's Defense Minister Juozas Olekas told Baltic Times after a meeting of the Defense Resource Council on Friday. However, the price of the systems remains unclear.
Lithuania's Armed Forces currently have short-range aircraft defense systems.
"This could simply defend our airspace in the medium range. We had short-rage aircraft defense systems that can reach three to five kilometres, and this will be the medium range where missiles fly dozens of kilometres and can take down targets at an altitude of 15 kilometres," Olekas said.
According to earlier reports, the medium-range aircraft defense project may be developed jointly by the three Baltic States.
Airbus Helicopters today delivered next generation AS365 N3+ helicopters for Lithuanias search and rescue missions with around-the-clock availability. The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces assigned their three new AS365 N3+ helicopters to the 24/7 SAR mission service today, the company announced Friday
Latvia and Lithuania have considered a joint purchase of medium-range air defense systems. Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite met Latvian counterpart Raimonds Vejonis, in Vilnius on Monday
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
The first two of the 155 mm self-propelled PzH2000 (Panzerhaubitze 2000) howitzers the Lithuanian Armed Forces have acquired from the Bundeswehr were brought to Lithuania Thursday. Under a contract signed last September the Lithuanian Armed Forces bought from the German Armed Forces 16 155mm self-propelled howitzers for combat purposes, and 5 for training and spare parts
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