Defence

Lithuania considers purchase of missile artillery systems

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 23:19
Lithuania is considering supplying the country's Armed Forces with missile artillery systems, a weapon the army still does not have.

Govt's programme calls for open dialogue with Poland in tackling problems

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 10:20
Polish and Lithuanian flags
DELFI (K.Čachovskio nuotr.)
Lithuania's new government pledges in its program to strengthen relations with neighboring Poland and cooperation with the United States and declares support for the Eastern Partnership countries of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.

Lithuanian diplomats send defense message to US new administration

Monday, December 5, 2016 10:10
Lithuanian diplomats met with members of the United States' future administration in Washington D.C., emphasizing Lithuania's efforts to step up defense capacities in the past few years.

Seimas starts discussing updated National Security Strategy

Monday, December 5, 2016 09:59
During the Iron Sword exercise in 2015
Viršilos G.Maurico nuotr.
Lithuania's parliament is opening discussions into the updated National Security Strategy, a document that was last revised in 2012.

Lithuania to step up defence ties with USFREE

Friday, December 2, 2016 13:36
Lithuania is set to step up defence ties with the United States by signing the first bilateral cooperation agreement.

NATO war games in Lithuania part of deterrence plan - Grybauskaitė

Friday, December 2, 2016 13:22
NATO's military exercises of this size and scale are an important part of the Alliance's deterrence plan and send a clear message to aggressors that NATO is united strong and ready to defend each of its member nations, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė said.

President says political will to defend country is key

Friday, December 2, 2016 12:36
Soldier at the an exercise
Viršilos G.Maurico nuotr.
The political will to defend one's country is what matters most and comparing capabilities is a pointless thing to do, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė.

Lithuania signs contract to buy 168 armored carriers from Germany

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 19:26
The Lithuanian military is buying 168 armored personnel carriers from Germany for around 1.6 million euros in total.

Defmin candidate backs idea of general conscription

Friday, November 25, 2016 13:36
Raimundas Karoblis
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
Candidate for Lithuania's defence minister, diplomat Raimundas Karoblis, supports the idea of introducing mandatory conscription to the Armed Forces.

German troops slightly injured during Iron Sword exercise

Friday, November 25, 2016 11:46
During the  during Iron Sword exercise in 2015
P.Brown nuotr.
Three German solders were slightly injured when several shells landed near them during mortar fire drills as part of the Iron Sword 2016 multinational exercise, the Lithuanian military said on Thursday.

Lithuania demonstrates better defence abilities on Armed Forces Day

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 13:31
Lithuanian solder
DELFI (M. Ažušilio nuotr.)
As Lithuania marks the Day of Armed Forces on Wednesday, the country's leaders and top military officers noted the enhanced national and NATO defense capacities amid the continuing dismay over Russia.

National Defence, Security Industries Association gets new chief

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 11:24
Ričardas Sartatavičius
DELFI (K.Čachovskio nuotr.)
Ričardas Sartatavičius has been appointed as the new director of the Lithuanian Defence and Security Industries Association.

New missiles in Kaliningrad aimed at hindering NATO ships' access

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 14:55
The deployment by Russia of new missiles in its Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad is aimed at restricting access for NATO allies' ships to the Baltic countries, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry said.

Lithuanian businesses get no access to millions of euros from Boxer contract

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 10:56
The Lithuanian Defence Ministry does not say why it did not make use of the so-called offset mechanism in the procurement of Boxer infantry fighting vehicles, thus not giving local businesses a chance to earn at least 60 million to 80 million euros, the business daily Verslo Žinios reported on Tuesday.

Kazakh, Belarusian arms inspectors to visit NATO exercise

Monday, November 21, 2016 16:31
A group of arms control inspectors from Kazakhstan and Belarus are to visit this week military training areas in Lithuania and the Iron Sword 2016 multinational exercise that is currently underway in the country, the Defence Ministry said on Monday.

NATO jets scrambled twice last week over Russian warplanes

Monday, November 21, 2016 15:11
NATO air-policing jets were last week scrambled from Lithuania twice to identify and intercept Russian warplanes flying above the Baltic Sea.

No general conscription for Lithuania before 2020

Monday, November 21, 2016 11:01
Lithuanian solder
DELFI (M. Ažušilio nuotr.)
Should Lithuanian politicians decide to introduce general conscription, preparations would take at least four years and require more funding, experts say.

ForMin warns over Russia's behavior before Trump takes office (1)FREE

Friday, November 18, 2016 12:21
Donaldas Trumpas ir Vladimiras Putinas
DELFI montažas
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius has expressed his concern about what moves Russian may make in the weeks before Donald Trump becomes US president.

Seimas confirms commitments to NATO, strategic partnership with US (1)

Thursday, November 17, 2016 15:10
NATO HQ
AP/Scanpix
Lithuania's parliament restated its plans to meet the commitment to NATO in terms of raising defence funding and reasserted the importance of strategic partnership with the United States.

Lithuania halts broadcasting of Russian TV channel for 3 months

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 16:10
Lithuania's media watchdog decided on Wednesday to suspend the broadcasting of the Russian TV channel RTR Planeta for three months for inciting war, discord and hatred toward nations.

4,000 troops to take part in international exercise Iron Sword

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 16:05
About 4,000 Lithuanian and Allied troops will attend Iron Sword 2016 exercise held in Lithuania in late November through early December, the Defence Ministry said.

New Seimas set to approve commitment to grant 2% to defence in 2018 (1)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 10:05
Close range anti craft defence weapon
Close range anti craft defence weapon
Lithuania's new parliament intends to pass a resolution on November 15 on continuity of foreign, security and defence policies, which includes raising the defence funding to 2 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) by 2018.

Lithuanian recruits train with Polish troops

Friday, November 11, 2016 14:50
Lithuanian recruits and Polish rotational troops who arrived in Lithuania earlier this month for training completed an exercise in a training ground in Pabradė on Thursday and Friday.

Some 71% of Poles think Poland should defend Baltics in case of attack

Thursday, November 10, 2016 15:01
Seventy-one percent of Poles think that their country should defend the Baltic countries if they were attacked, according to a public opinion poll published by the Polish daily Rzeczpospolita.

Is sleeping beauty Kaliningrad Oblast about to wake up?

Thursday, November 10, 2016 14:16
In early October, the Estonian media reported that Russia was transporting, by ship, Iskander short-range ballistic missiles from Ust Luga (Leningrad Oblast) to the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad (ERR, October 7). This news sparked a wave of commentary by politicians and experts in the Baltic Sea region: most saw this nuclear-capable missile deployment as a provocation.

NATO Forces in Baltic States: numerous but disjointed

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 09:23
As the Baltic States continue to confront Russian air and naval power in the Baltic Sea, two small missile ships, the Zelenyy Dol and the Serpukhov entered this crowded body of water at the end of October. These Russian vessels will reportedly become part of a newly formed Baltic division in the near future (TVNET, October 26). The redeployment of the Zelenyy Dol and Serpukhov is just the latest regional development negatively affecting the security of the Baltic States. None of these three post-Soviet republics has the financial resources available to sufficiently strengthen its own naval capabilities in response. Therefore, in order to defend their sovereignty and ensure the sustainability of their defence sectors, the Baltic States’ naval policies will continue to stress the ability to “fill the gaps” in the full spectrum of Allied maritime operations in the region, Olevs Nikers writes in the Jamestown Foundation.

Lithuania ratifies protocol on Montenegro's accession to NATO

Friday, November 4, 2016 09:09
The Lithuanian parliament ratified on November 3 a protocol on Montenegro's accession to NATO.

NATO jets scrambled from Lithuania once last week over Russian warplane

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 16:53
Fighter-jets conducting the NATO air-policing mission were last week scrambled once to intercept a Russian warplane flying above the Baltic Sea.

Deterrence is key - Stoltenberg tells Baltic states

Friday, October 28, 2016 07:11
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday assured the Baltic states that the most important thing for the Alliance was to deter, not to copy Russian actions amid the rising tensions between the West and Moscow over its increased military activity in the Baltic Sea region.