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  • The thing is that Lithuanian products are high quality, but usually it's not the quality, but availability and price comes to play. We are very small country and sometimes buying abroad is more preferable.

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    • Originally posted by KaliOS View Post
      The thing is that Lithuanian products are high quality, but usually it's not the quality, but availability and price comes to play. We are very small country and sometimes buying abroad is more preferable.
      You are dependent on foreign imports, but it has also some advantages like you don't have to buy your domestic products when their quality is poor. The Polish MoD is harassed by unions who want us to buy their products, no matter if they are bad or good. Another difference is, the Lithuanian MoD focuses on price/quality, while the Polish MoD focuses on price. A low price makes up 90% of a score before signing a military contract. You don't have too much of old equipment or too many retired officers to maintain, so procurement of a new equipment makes up a very large percentage of your MoD's budget.

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      • It seems that if Sweden will choose Spike LR as it's new RBS 58 than Lithuania will participate in joint purchase program.

        http://www.janes.com/article/72108/s...missile-system

        Sweden to acquire new RBS 58 anti-tank guided missile system

        The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets Materielverk: FMV) has issued a requirement for a new, man-portable anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system, under the programme designator RBS 58 (Robotsystem 58).

        The FMV has asked manufacturers of candidate systems to submit proposals for participation in a qualification phase by 6 September 2017, prior to negotiations on a framework agreement for the RBS 58 procurement. The FMV also disclosed that the Lithuanian Armed Forces will also evaluate the possible acquisition of an RBS 58 capability following the conclusion of the framework agreement.

        FMV's RBS 58 requirement provides for a missile with fire-and-forget/lock-on-after-launch functions, equipped with an uncooled imaging infrared seeker, capable of defeating modern main battle tanks and/or heavy armoured vehicles fitted with passive or active protection systems, at ranges between 200 m and 4,000 m in day and night operations in all environments.
        Lithuanian servicemen and US National Guard (from Pennsylvania) training Urban Operations together in recently built Urban battle facility, Pabrade, Lithuania.

        In Pabrade, Lithuania, Soldiers from the Pennsylvania National Guard are conducting urban operations training with their counterparts in Lithuania. They are working together as NATO allies for the cooperative exercise Saber Strike.

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        • News of the Day, for the first time US deployed Patriot missiles in Lithuania.

          https://www.stripes.com/news/europe/...6#.WWPRwmYUn4g

          US deployed Patriot missiles to Lithuania for multinational war games

          The U.S. military deployed Patriot missiles to Lithuania on Monday to take part in upcoming war games, marking the first such deployment of the sophisticated missile defense system to the small Baltic nation, Lithuania's defense ministry announced. The arrival of the Patriots “demonstrates the steadfast U.S. commitment to the security of Lithuania and its high readiness to send strategic capabilities to the region,” the ministry said.
          The Patriots will take part in multinational air defense drills dubbed Exercise Tobruq Legacy 2017, which runs until July 22.

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          • First batch of newest G36 KA4M1 already reached Lithuanian Armed Forces (see photos below). Contract was signed in August 2016.

            Photos.

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            • Originally posted by AurimasLT View Post
              First batch of newest G36 KA4M1 already reached Lithuanian Armed Forces (see photos below). Contract was signed in August 2016.

              Photos.
              Interesting, the guys that trained for deployment already trained with new G-36s. Not sure what model though. But seems the same. And that was quite a few months ago.

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              • Originally posted by ecka View Post
                Interesting, the guys that trained for deployment already trained with new G-36s.
                You may be right, these are first public photos that I managed to find. Actual delivery may have occurred earlier.

                Exercise Tobruq Legacy 2017

                Exercise Tobruq Legacy 2017 began on July 11 to run until July 22 in Šiauliai district. The event will involve roughly 500 soldiers and 30 air defence systems of Lithuania and four more NATO allies – the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Latvia, and Poland.

                The United States of America for the first time deployed the Patriot long-range air defence system,one of the world’s most cutting-edge anti-missile and new generation aircraft systems, in Lithuania for Exercise Tobruq Legacy 2017.




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                • Originally posted by AurimasLT View Post

                  You may be right, these are first public photos that I managed to find. Actual delivery may have occurred earlier.






                  In the first video guy at 1:17. I know him, served in the same company in NDVF.

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                  • http://www.leta.lv/eng/defence_matte...13F96D2/?print

                    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20..._136543842.htm

                    Lithuania mulls sending special operation forces to Iraq: State Defence Council

                    VILNIUS, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Lithuania's special operation forces might be sent to serve at the US-led international mission in Iraq as of next year, President Dalia Grybauskaite-led State Defence Council said on Monday.

                    In Monday's meeting, the Council decided that Lithuania should expand the country's participation in anti-terrorist and security enhancing operations lead by NATO, the United Nations, the United States and the EU in the period 2018-2019, the presidency said in a statement.

                    "According to currently effectual resolution, up to 30 military instructors might take part in the Iraq's mission; in the new draft resolution it will be proposed not to specify the number of troops to be deployed," Satuniene explained.

                    In her words, after the new resolution is adopted, troops which can execute tasks outside the training bases could be sent to the mission.

                    Raimundas Karoblis, Lithuania's minister of national defence, confirmed that the U.S. side asked for the possibility to deploy in Iraq Lithuania's special operation forces. It will be decided later this year or next year whether these troops will be sent to the mission, according to the need, Karoblis noted.

                    "What troops will be deployed to Operation Inherent Resolve, will be decided together with allies; it could also be special operation forces, if such decision is taken," Karoblis told reporters.

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                    • Photos from Best Infantry squad 2017 competition. Event was attended by squads from Germany, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, USA etc.

                      https://www.facebook.com/SPJLMC/posts/505248113157684

                      https://www.facebook.com/pg/SPJLMC/p...04987973183698

                      https://www.facebook.com/pg/SPJLMC/p...04943136521515

                      Also some interesting photos from the competition between various Lithuanian Armed Forces and Law enforcement, VIP protection units.

                      https://www.15min.lt/galerija/specia...129272/3295210

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                      • http://www.janes.com/article/74037/d...ed-this-autumn

                        DSEI 2017: Lithuanian Boxer prototype expected this autumn

                        The first Lithuanian Boxer 8x8 prototypes will be ready this autumn, according to Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, whose ARTEC joint venture with Rheinmetall is producing the infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).

                        Kurt Braatz, KMW's senior vice-president for strategy and corporate communications, told Jane's the prototypes would be followed by deliveries next year.

                        All 91 Boxers are scheduled to have been delivered by 2021. Lithuania is the only country so far to have ordered the IFV version. The Boxer has a common vehicle and 15 different modules are being produced for Germany, the Netherlands, and Lithuania.

                        All three nations will have the driver trainer version and Lithuania will receive IFV squad, platoon, company commander, and command post modules.
                        Lithuanian military engineers train in multinational Exercise Engineer Thunder 2017 (see video below)

                        On September 25-29 soldiers of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Juozas Vitkus Engineer Battalion train alongside U.S., Dutch, Norwegian and German units in multinational Exercise Engineer Thunder 2017.

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                        • NATO soldiers take part in Lithuanian sniper shooting competition, September 2017.

                          Photo gallery here.

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                          • Annual exercise of anti tank units "Hunter 2017".

                            http://kariuomene.kam.lt/en/military..._2017_began.ht ml

                            Exercise Hunter has been held since 2010 annually. This is the first year the exercise will include "force on force" training where support units equipped with grenade launchers and antitank missiles will back up infantry units practicing engaging units armed with tanks and fighting vehicles. German troops' Leopard tanks and Marder IFVs and Norwegian infantry's CV-90 IFVs will be used for simulating the hostile force actions.

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                            • http://kam.lt/en/news_1098/current_i...n_in_mali.html

                              Lithuanian unit began service in the UN mission in Mali

                              As Lithuania steps up contribution to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), a Lithuanian Land Force unit of 34 soldiers began service in the operation on October 19. They will serve as part of the German Contingent for four months providing force protection in the military base in the Gao Region, eastern Mali.
                              Photos 1 Photos 2 Photos 3

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                              • the pic of the Malian Body guard in photo 1 is very interesting....

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