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2019.06.18 10:00

Lithuanian MoD to receive radio equipment for €2.67m via US Assistance Fund

BNS, LRT.lt2019.06.18 10:00

Lithuania's Ministry of National Defense announced on Monday it had signed a contract with the United States on the purchase of radio communication equipment for the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

The contract with the US government was signed in early June, the ministry said, adding that the total amount paid for the tactical radio communication equipment for the Lithuanian Land Force exceeds 3 million US dollars (over 2.6 million euros).

The financing comes from the US European Security Assistance Fund.

“The modern communications equipment will not only improve communication and interoperability between the Lithuanian Armed Forces and NATO Allies, especially the US," Vice Minister of National Defense Giedrimas Jeglinskas was quoted as saying in the statement.

Interoperability and integration were also the key points during BALTOPS exercises in June, 2019. 

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The tactical communications equipment will be dedicated to maneuver units of the Lithuanian Land Force, rapid response forces, and units on standby for the Domestic Support Forces.

"These radios provide secure tactical communication capabilities that help increase interoperability with U.S. and other NATO forces," Deputy Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation at the US Embassy to Lithuania Major Sean Rufolo said.

Currently Lithuania is coordinating procurement of 200 units of JLTV armored personnel carrier for the Lithuanian Armed Forces from the United States Government. 

The US has also invested significantly into military training areas and other infrastructure as part of the security assistance programs.