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2015.09.08 13:45

Lithuanian government mulls purchase of Polish GROM system

DELFI EN | The Lithuania Tribune2015.09.08 13:45

(BNS) The Government of Lithuania will on Tuesday consider the purchase of the Polish air-defense system, known as GROM. Ministers are expected to make the decision to classify the deal.

(BNS) The Government of Lithuania will on Tuesday consider the purchase of the Polish air-defense system, known as GROM. Ministers are expected to make the decision to classify the deal.

GROM will cost around 34.6 million litas (EUR 9.99 million) , according to a document drafted by Lithuania’s Ministry of National Defense for the Cabinet.

“(…) around 34.6 million litas will be needed from the state budget to buy the short-range movable air-defense system GROM,” reads the document.

Minister of National Defense Juozas Olekas said previously the GROM system should be delivered to Lithuania this year and there are plans to continue the project in later years.

The new system will complement the existing STINGER and RBS-70 systems in Lithuania.

Produced in Poland, the system operates under the fire-and-forget principle and does not require any additional equipment, including radars or special transport. GROM can destroy targets at a distance of between 400 m and 5.5 km and at an altitude of 10 m to 3.5 km.

In response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, Lithuania plans to increase its defense spending this year by 130 million litas.

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