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2015.09.08 13:45

Artillery units Paladin in the Flaming Thunder military drills

Algirdas Acus2015.09.08 13:45

US artillery units Paladin for the first time, alongside Lithuanian Allies, conduct military drills Flaming Thunder near seaport Klaipeda.

US artillery units Paladin for the first time, alongside Lithuanian Allies, conduct military drills Flaming Thunder near seaport Klaipeda.

International NATO Exercise Flaming Thunder will run for two weeks and involve roughly 450 soldiers from USA, Poland, Lithuania and Portugal.

Flaming Thunder is organized by the Lithuanian Land Force, for the third time in a row.

US brought artillery systems Paladin from their Army in Europe, for the first time to participate in Lithuanian exercises.

The exercise will take place concurrently in two military training areas. Lithuanian and U.S. artillery units will practice coastal defence and neutralize targets over the Baltic Sea at the training area near Lithuanian seaport Klaipeda.

Lithuanian, US, Portuguese and Polish mortar platoons will be training rendering indirect fire support at the training zone near capital Vilnius.

According to the press release, the Paladin artillery system was introduced in the US Army in 1960. Equipment brought to Lithuania is the ninth-generation model with the maximum firing range of 30km.

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Vs of US Paladin shooting

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Major AUŠRIUS BUIKUS, artillery battalion commander:
In a case of war, with such equipment of our Allies, our observers can simpler call for a fire and get fire support from our Allies.

Shots of Paladin standing

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