Lithuania has signed an agreement with Norway last week to procure components and missiles of mid-range Norwegian advanced surface to air missile system (NASAMS).
NASAMS is scheduled to be delivered to Lithuania by 2020, the defense ministry announced Friday.
The agreement defines conditions and responsibilities of the parties concerning buying and selling NASAMS components as well as support Norway would render to Lithuania in developing mid-range air defence capabilities.
“Signature of this technical agreement is one of the most important phases in developing mid-range defence capabilities of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. Norway has not only agreed to sell NASAMS equipment which will strengthen security of Lithuania’s airspace but also to assist in introducing the system in the Lithuanian Armed Forces,” Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas said.
The Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania continues the mid-range air defence system project to procure other NASAMS equipment, namely, radars and fire control centres. Ultimately, all the components will be joined into a system capable of air defence: aerial surveillance and control, provide early warning for ground units, and destroy targets in case of necessity.
The mid-range air defence system project is estimated to cost a little over EUR 100 million, the sum will be used to acquire two air defence batteries for the Lithuanian Armed Forces.
Norway is planning to purchase 12 Lockheed Martin-built F-35 joint strike fighters in 2019-2020. Norways defense department submitted a 2017 budget proposal in parliament recently which outlined the countrys plans to purchase 12 planes in the 2019 and 2020 “block buy,”
The Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime (Økokrim) has dropped corruption charges against Kongsberg Gruppen. In February 2014 Økokrim charged Kongsberg Gruppen ASA and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS with allegations of corruption related to deliveries of communications equipment to Romania in the period 2000-2008
Norway has shortlisted the French company Direction des Constructions Navales Services (DCNS) and the German firm ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) for the countrys future submarines program. “France and Germany are among the biggest nations in Europe
Norway is seeking partners for future submarine project with other nations in order to reduce cost and secure a robust submarine capability for the future. The current Norwegian Ula-class submarines will gradually reach their end-of-life in the 2020s
Lithuania has earmarked Euro 873 million for the defense expenditure for 2018. Among the several programs listed in the Lithuanian Defence System document released , main modernization projects include two battalions of Infantry fighting vehicle BOXER-VILKAS until 2021, one artillery battalion of Self-propelled PZH2000 Howitzers until 2019, Norwegian–US advanced surface to air missile system NASAMS by 2020
Lithuania has placed an order for Saab-made RBS 70 missile simulators in order to enhance the country's air defense capabilities. Included in the contract are simulators, training services and spare parts and deliveries will take place during 2018, the company announced Tuesday
Norwegian oil group Statoil will not use Airbus Super Puma helicopters despite European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) lifted flight ban. "We have no plans of using this type of helicopter again," company spokesman Morten Eek told AFP, confirming reports in the Norwegian newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad Tuesday
Lithuanian Land Forces will receive upgraded M577 armored personnel carriers from the German Armed Forces. Representatives of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defence of Germany signed a contract on acquiring 168 M577s on November 30 in Vilnius
Norway plans to order five P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to replace its current fleet of six P-3 Orion and three DA-20 Falcon aircraft for $1.15 billion
Lithuania has acquired sniper rifles worth Euro 1.3 million from an UK based firm, Accuracy International Ltd that are capable of using munitions of two different calibres by only changing the barrel
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