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  • NATO Approaches Surveillance Capability
    NATO Approaches Surveillance Capability November 25 2019
      The first of five NATO RQ-4D Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) unmanned aircraft lands in Italy. The first of five NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft landed in Sigonella. AGS is being developed with significant contributions from 15 Allies - Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United States. All Allies will have access to the data obtained by the AGS; The ...
  • EU Force Generating
    EU Force Generating November 14 2019
    Europe is taking important steps to unite its strength in the defence industry. Collaboration on Permanent Structured Cooperation and defence is seen as the new step of the European Union (EU). ‘’When Europeans join forces, our impact is higher than we imagine’’ EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said PESCO helps EU Member States work closely in the field of security and defence. PESCO was established in December 2017 and aims to improve the defence capabilities...
  • Arms and Security Begins
    Arms and Security Begins October 7 2019
    Arms and Security 2019 defence expo in Kiev starts tomorrow. Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters' Association provides National Participation to the event, which is the media sponsorship of C4Defence magazine. During the fair, many Turkish Compaies such as Aselsan, Roketsan, STM have booth also. The event was attended by more than 300 companies based in Ukraine; 15 from the United States, 17 from Turkey, four from Denmark, 10 from Poland, one from Kazakhstan, four from Ital...
  • First Two of IFV Received
    First Two of IFV Received June 30 2019
    Lithuania on 25 June, received its first two of 8x8 Boxer "Vilkas" Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV). The vehicles will officially enter the inventory of the Lithuanian Armed Forces after admission procedures. The Vilkas IFV is a variant of Boxer armoured fighting vehicle developed by German manufacturer ARTEC according to the requirements of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The vehicles have Israel-made turrets, 30 mm MK-44S cannons and ...
  • Boxer Programöe Takes Final Shape
    Boxer Programöe Takes Final Shape December 17 2018
    Europe's Boxer Program will take final shape with offers to the UK and Slovenia. A statement was made by the Eastern European Sales Agency of Artec, a joint venture of Rheinmetall and Krauss Maffei-Wegmann. It is stated that negotiations with the UK Department of Defense continued through the OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation). The UK plans to supply Boxer in four different variants, including armored personnel carrier, C4I post, ambulance and armored repair vehicle. It w...
  • New Agreement for KA4M1 October 26 2018
      Lithuania has decided to purchase the new batch of G36 rifles. Earlier, the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence, procured the G36 assault rifle, placed a new order of US $ 12 million to Heckler & Koch.   The new batch rifles will have a new buttstock, a handguard and a better Picatinny rail. The G36 rifles will be delivered with the HK269 40 mm grenade launcher. In a statement from Heckler & Koch, Lithuanian Army will use rifles under the designati...
  • Vilkas' On the Range
    Vilkas' On the Range July 19 2018
    Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence announced that Vilkas ("Wolf" in Lithuanian) infantry fighting vehicles are under to extensive testing in German military training areas. The official statement from ARTEC, the manufacturer of the Vilkas, reported that the first two prototypes procured by Lithuania are testing. After the tests, vehicles will go back to Lithuania and the mass production phase will be started after the data gained from the tests are analyzed. Lithuania orde...
  • Javelin Delivery to Ukraine
    Javelin Delivery to Ukraine May 3 2018
    Ukraine has received Javelin antitank missile systems from the US. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko confirmed the delivery in a statement on Monday. The U.S. State Department approved the possible sale of Javelin systems to Ukraine at an estimated cost of $47 million in March. The package consisted of 210 Javelin antitank missiles and 37 Javelin launchers, however, Poroshenko did not specify how many systems were received in this first batch. J...
  • Europe’s Largest Military Exercise 'Joint Warrior' Began
    Europe’s Largest Military Exercise 'Joint Warrior' Began April 25 2018
    One of the largest military exercises in Europe, Exercise Joint Warrior, has begun on 21 April with the participation of more than 11 thousand 600 military personnel from 17 nations. The two-week exercise is operating out of HMNB Clyde, Scotland. The bi-annual exercise, run each in April and in October, incorporates all three UK services as well as forces from 16 other nations including Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden...
  • Israeli Radar for Lithuanian Airspace
    Israeli Radar for Lithuanian Airspace April 3 2018
    The Lithuanian Armed Forces signed a contract with Israeli ELTA Systems last month for five short-range air surveillance radars. According to the announcement made by Lithuania Ministry of Defence on 29 March, the total price of the procured radars is around €2,8 million. The short-range radars will be integrated into the joint Lithuanian airspace surveillance system and will be operational by the end of 2019. 
  • China’s Europe Policy: “Divide and Rule”
    China’s Europe Policy: “Divide and Rule” March 18 2018
    The time-honoured “divide and rule” policy of the West is reshaped today at the hands of the East to work against the West. China, which further deepens the pre-existing cracks in the European Union with its economic openings, moves slowly yet adeptly while expanding its geographical and diplomatic room for manoeuvre.  The Chinese Communist Party, which restricted presidents to two five-year terms, has just lifted this ban. Thus, the door for Xi Jinping to serve for...
  • Javelin Purchase from the US
    Javelin Purchase from the US February 24 2018
    Turkey is to purchase Javelin missiles from the US under Foreign Military Sales contract. France, Taiwan, Jordan, Qatar and Lithuania will also receive the Javelin systems under an estimated $94,8 million contract. Lockheed and Raytheon are expected to complete the deliveries by August 2020. 
  • Slovenia To Buy Boxer 8x8
    Slovenia To Buy Boxer 8x8 February 9 2018
    Slovenia has selected Boxer for its 8x8 armoured vehicle requirement. Slovenia’s Ministry of Defence said in a press release on 2 February that the deal for future procurement of Boxer 8×8 armoured wheeled platform for a new Central Battalion Battle Group to be signed in later in the year. The MoD also announced that it will submit a written proposal to OCCAR this month to pursue participating state status within the programme. Slovenia...
  • 'Vilkas' Delivery to Lithuania
    'Vilkas' Delivery to Lithuania December 19 2017
    Lithuanian Armed Forces received two training Boxer infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) on 15 December. The vehicles, which are renamed from “Boxer” to IFV “Vilkas”, do not carry weapons and includes equipment that assists instructors in training future operators.  Lithuania acquired 88 combat Vilkas IFVs and three additional training Vilkas IFVs under a €385,6 million contract signed on 22 August 2016. The first Vilkas IFVs are ex...
  • Unmanned Submarine Project by EU
    Unmanned Submarine Project by EU December 12 2017
    The first move came from the European Union Defence initiative Permanent Structured Cooperation on Defence (PESCO). 25 PESCO member countries will establish unmanned submarine and rapid response teams for cyber attacks. PESCO announced this project yesterday, in which the EU members Denmark, Malta and the UK will not take part. Countries will allocate €1,5 billion per year for the European Defence Fund (EDF). Under the program, 17 unmanned submarines will be produced ...
  • NASAMS Step by Lithuania
    NASAMS Step by Lithuania October 30 2017
    Lithuania, signed a $127,7 million contract with Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace on 26 October to complete the acquisition of system components for the Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS). The procurement contract of NASAMS launchers and missiles was signed in October 2016.  The contract signed on 26 October provides for the delivery of two NASAMS batteries, the system components of which are “new and unused except for the ...
  • First Ever 'Patriot' Deployment to Lithuania
    First Ever 'Patriot' Deployment to Lithuania July 11 2017
    The US has deployed the Patriot long-range missile system in Lithuania for the first time on 10 July to be used in NATO wargames. The Tobruq Legacy 2017 international air defence exercise, which has started today and will last until July 22, will be participated by several countries including US, UK, Poland, Czech Republic, Lithuania and Romania. 
  • The Largest NATO Drill To Begin Today
    The Largest NATO Drill To Begin Today May 8 2017
    15th and so far the largest NATO military drill, "Spring Storm 2017" has begun today in Estonia. With over 6 thousand troops participating from the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Finland, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Ukraine and the US, the international exercise is scheduled to be completed by 26 May. US M1A2 Abrams tanks, UK Challenger 2 and French Leclerc will be used in the drills along with infantry combat vehicles of a...
  • Boxer To Knock-out With MK44
    Boxer To Knock-out With MK44 March 20 2017
    Lithuania will arm its ARTEC Boxer 8x8 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), ordered as a replacement of currently in service M113 armoured personnel carriers, with Orbital ATK Armament Systems' 30 mm MK44 dual-feed cannon. The deliveries of MK44 cannons, which are to be mounted on Rafael Advanced Defense Systems' Samson Mk II remote weapon stations, will begin in mid-2017. 
  • 400th BOXER in Service
    400th BOXER in Service February 15 2017
    International OCCAR organization announced on its official website that under the BOXER program,  the 400th armored vehicle was delivered of to Netherlands, during BOXER Programme Review Meeting in Bonn, Germany held on February 1. With the BOXER program, a total of 696 armored vehicles will be produced for Germany, Netherlands and Lithuania. The 400th vehicle delivered was the 29th armored vehicle in service of the Dutch Army. Manufactured in various variants, BOXERs are used for tasks ...
  • First Supply Contract by RDA
    First Supply Contract by RDA December 13 2016
    A subsidiary of German Rheinmetall, Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA) has announced on 12 December that under the industrial alliance agreement signed with Australia in October, it has awarded its first supply contract to Australian Cablex Pty Ltd. The contract covers electrical wiring harnesses and electrical subassemblies supply to be integrated to the company’s ARTEC Boxer 8x8 multirole armoured vehicles for Lithuania. Lithuania ordered 88 vehicles from Rheinmetall in August this y...
  • A First by Georgia
    A First by Georgia November 10 2016
    The first joint military drill of Georgia and NATO began today at the Joint Training and Evaluation Center, Georgia. The participant countries include Turkey, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Belgium, Slovenia, UK, US, Ukraine and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The main goal of this exercise is to train troops to plan NATO operations and improve interoperability between participant countries. The multinational drill will end on 20 November.
  • European Support for Baltic States
    European Support for Baltic States November 2 2016
    Germany is to send Leopard 2 tanks to Lithuania in 2017 to support the Baltic states under NATO plans. Additionally, a rotational NATO unit consisting of a thousand troops from Germany, France, Belgium and Croatia will be stationed in the region starting in June next year. The unit will be equipped with armored vehicles, tanks and snipers. 
  • Iskander Disturbed NATO Member Countries
    Iskander Disturbed NATO Member Countries October 10 2016
    Russia’s deployment of nuclear-capable Iskander-M missiles to Kaliningrad outpost draw reaction from Lithuania and Poland’s defence ministries. Russian Defence Ministry confirmed the deployment on 8 October, stating that it is part of a Russian armed forces training plan and does not pose ant threats to NATO member countries. Lithuanian Foreign Ministry warned that such actions were possible violations of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty and the missiles might be used ...
  • Lithuania in Search for New Missile System
    Lithuania in Search for New Missile System September 30 2016
    Lithuania plans to acquire Kongsberg/Raytheon’s Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) to boost the country’s air defense capabilities. The contract worth is estimated $112.5 million. NASAMS is in operational use in Norway, Spain, the US, the Netherlands, and Finland. The system integrates US-built AN/MPQ-64 F1 Sentinel air defense radar and AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile)  with an indigenously developed Battle manage...
  • Lithuania Chose Boxer
    Lithuania Chose Boxer August 25 2016
    Lithuania signed EUR 390 million contract with  Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) for 88 Boxer (8x8) Multi-Role Armoured Vehicles (MRAVs), training and support. The production will be conducted by ARTEC (a joint venture formed by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall). Deliveries are estimated to be completed between 2017-2021. The vehicle will be fitted with an Elbit UT-30 Mk 2 turret armed with a 30 mm cannon, a 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun (MG), and Spike-LR missiles...
  • Ukraine launches joint military drills with NATO June 28 2016
    The large-scale Ukrainian-NATO military exercises codenamed “Rapid Trident 2016” have begun at the Yavoriv range in Ukraine’s Lvov region on Monday, the press service of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry reported, adding that the manoeuvers, which will last until July 8, involve more than 1 thousand 800 troops from 14 countries: Ukraine, the United States, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, the UK, Moldova, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden and Turkey. A spo...
  • NATO’s Ground Surveillance Aircraft gets ready for operations December 30 2015
    NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance Management Agency (NAGSMA) members and Northrop Grumman Corporation witnessed NATO’s first Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft executing range of test points before landing at Edwards Air Force Base.  The test flight marks the start of six months of ground and airborne testing at Edwards before the aircraft is sent to its new home in Sigonella, Italy. NATO AGS is a derivative of the wide-area surveillance Global Hawk, with...