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2019.10.04 14:00

Lithuanian Air Force tests new air-defence system manufactured in Norway

BNS2019.10.04 14:00

Experts from the Lithuanian Air Force have started testing the NASAMS medium-range air-defence system manufactured for Lithuania at the Kongsberg factory in Norway, the Defence Ministry said.

“Components of the weaponry system produced specifically for the Lithuanian Air Force will be first tested at the factory and then put to field trials once the air defence systems are brought to Lithuania,” the ministry said in a press release.

“The trials will assess technical and tactical conformity of NASAMS components to the weaponry specification,” it said, adding that the tests will run until February 2020.

The NASAMS system is expected to be delivered to Lithuania by the end of next year.

“Once the systems are delivered, specialist operator training will begin at the Lithuanian Air Force Air Defense Battalion,” according to the ministry.

Lithuania is purchasing the mid-range air defence system under a 110-million-euro contract that the Defence Ministry signed with Norway's Kongsberg on October 26, 2017.

The contract covers “equipment for two air defence batteries and logistical maintenance package, as well as training for operators and maintenance personnel of the system”, the ministry said.

Once the project is complete, Lithuania will have a full and integrated medium-range air-defence capability, according to the Defence Ministry.

“The system procured by Lithuania is new, except for the launchers that have been used by the Norwegian Armed Forces and currently upgraded to manufacturer’s parameters,” according to the press release.

“All the equipment is to be fully delivered to Lithuania, personnel trained, and all the components integrated into a system capable of completing air defence tasks: monitor and control air space, issue warning to ground-based units about air threats, and to destroy targets, if necessary.”

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