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News archive (2019 - 04)

Vice Minister of National Defence attended annual Kosciuszko Memorial Ceremony at West Point
2019.04.30
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The US Military Academy celebrated their annual Kosciuszko Memorial Ceremony on Saturday, 27 April. This year’s participants included senior defense officials representing the United States, Lithuania, and Poland. A crowd of over 350 gathered on the windy overcast day at the Kosciuszko Monument to honor the Revolutionary War Officer who fortified West Point against British attack.

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders April 22–28, 2019
2019.04.29
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On April 22–28 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled twice to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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Air detachments conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states will change over at a ceremony at Šiauliai Air Base
2019.04.26
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On May 2 a hand over-take over ceremony will take place at the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai for the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission units – the leaving Polish air Force Detachment will transfer the lead of the mission to the incoming Hungarian Air Force Detachment. Augmentation to the mission conducted from Lithuania will be sent in by the Spanish Air Force.

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The Lithuanian Armed Forces is buying anti-UAV equipment
2019.04.25
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In the second half of April the Ministry of National Defence and the United States Government signed a sales contract for buying protective equipment (anti-drone) against unmanned aerial vehicles for the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

“We are developing new capabilities of the Lithuanian Armed Forces by procuring equipment for protection against UAVs from our strategic partner U.S.,” Vice Minister of National Defence Giedrimas Jeglinskas said after signing the contract.

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Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis greeted participants of the XIIth International Military Medicine Conference
2019.04.25
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On April 25-26 XII International Military Medical Conference “Life-changing Rehabilitation: Best Practices, Challenges and Future Visions” is taking place in Druskininkai. Attendees and speakers of the conference are military medics and psychologists of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, representatives of civilian institutions, the United States, the Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia, Moldova, and Georgia.

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Arms control inspectors of the Russian Federation conducting an evaluation visit in Lithuania
2019.04.24
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On April 24 a team of arms control inspectors of the Russian Federation are conducting an evaluation visit to the Motorised Infantry Brigade Griffin of the Lithuanian Land Force according to the requirements of the Vienna Document 2011 of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders April 15–21, 2019
2019.04.23
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On April15–21 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled once to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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Lithuanian-Estonian defence cooperation discussed
2019.04.18
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On April 16-17 Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas was on a visit in Estonia where he discussed issues of security in the region and bilateral defence cooperation with representatives of the Estonian Ministry of Defence and the Estonian Defence Forces.

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Hungary, augmented by the United Kingdom and Spain, will lead 50th NATO Baltic Air Policing detachment
2019.04.18
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Hungary is scheduled to be the lead nation for NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission at Šiauliai, Lithuania, together with augmenting nations Spain and the United Kingdom. From May 2019 Hungary will take over the lead of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission deploying their JAS-39 Gripen fighter aircraft to Šiauliai, Lithuania. 

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Sweco Lietuva UAB to develop design for the new Lithuanian Armed Forces infrastructure objects
2019.04.18
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Agreement has been made concerning infrastructure development projects in Pabradė and Šiauliai under the NATO Security Investment Programme: the Ministry of National Defence and the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) signed a contract with Sweco Lietuva UAB on the Lithuanian Armed Forces infrastructure development projects.

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