Lithuania will purchase NASAMS Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Defense Missile System 12709163

Defence & Security News - Lithuania
Lithuania will purchase NASAMS Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Defense Missile System
Lithuania plans to spend more than 100 million euros (112 million U.S. dollars) on Norwegian and American mid-range air defense systems NASAMS, the country's defense minister said on Sunday, September 25, 2016. According to the ministry, two of the country armed force's batteries, military units of a size of a company, would be equipped with the NASAMS systems.

Lithuania plans to acquire two rocket launchers for one of the batteries, each battery is to receive a fire distribution center and radar, according to the ministry's information provided to BNS (Baltic News Service).

NASAMS (Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System) is a medium to long range air defene missile system designed and manufactured by the Norwegian Company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace teamed up with Raytheon for the missile.

This air defense system is able to hit targets at the range of up to 40 km and at the height of up to 14 km.

In recent years, Lithuania has stepped up its defense capabilities. It has purchased Polish made man-portable short-range air defense systems GROM and decided to increase its armed forces' stock of mid-range anti-tank systems by purchasing JAVELIN systems.

Lithuania also acquired German 155 mm self-propelled howitzers PzH 2000. In August, Lithuania agreed to purchase 88 infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) the Boxer from the German-Dutch manufacturer Artec.


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