Defence

Lithuanian govt writes off 8 SUVs used by troops in Afghanistan

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 15:11
Lithuania's government has decided to write off eight armored cross-country vehicles Toyota Land Cruiser used by the country's soldiers in the operation in Afghanistan, as they are not worth repairing.

Lithuania closely watching Russia-China military maneuvers in Baltic Sea

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 09:47
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Lithuania's defense officials say they are keeping a close eye on the joint Russian-Chinese military exercise gaining momentum in the Baltic Sea.

NATO jets scrambled once last week over Russian warplanes

Monday, July 24, 2017 13:00
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NATO fighter-jets serving in the NATO air-policing mission were last week scrambled once to intercept Russian warplanes flying above the Baltic Sea, the Defense Ministry said.

Around 250 Czech troops to join NATO battalion in Lithuania next year

Monday, July 24, 2017 09:30
The Czech parliament has approved the deployment of around 250 troops to Lithuania in 2018 as part of NATO's multinational battalion stationed in the country.

Lithuanian, Polish troops to together mark Žalgiris Battle anniversary

Friday, July 21, 2017 11:39
Soldiers of Lithuania and Poland will celebrate an anniversary of the victory in the Battle of Žalgiris in Nemenčinė near Vilnius on Friday.

Ministries to update recommendations on travels to Eastern neighbors

Friday, July 21, 2017 09:25
Following a scandal surrounding a trip to Russia by youth of Plungė, western Lithuania, a few ministries will update their recommendations on cooperation with Eastern neighbors to ensure due attention to the factor of hostile propaganda, a decision was made at a meeting of the parliamentary National Security and Defense Committee and relevant institutions.

President Grybauskaitė calls for permanent Patriot deployment in Baltics

Thursday, July 20, 2017 15:16
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Thursday called for a permanent deployment of Patriot long-range anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems to the Baltic region.

President, top defense officials to observe air defense exercise

Thursday, July 20, 2017 10:56
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė and the national defense system leadership on Thursday will observe the ground-based air defense exercise Tobruq Legacy 2017 at the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai.

Lithuania's security body says warned Plungė over youth camp in Russia

Thursday, July 20, 2017 09:30
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The Lithuanian State Security Department (VSD) says that it warned the local authority of Plungė about risks involved in a trip to Russia by a group of young people from the western Lithuanian district.

Luxembourg's troops join NATO battalion in Lithuania

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 12:53
Several tens of troops from Luxembourg arrived in the port of Klaipeda on Monday evening to join NATO's multinational battalion stationed in Lithuania, the Defense Ministry said.

Seimas panel chief calls for scrutiny of politicians' ties, influence on energy

Monday, July 17, 2017 12:46
Politicians' ties and influences on energy projects should be scrutinized, says Vytautas Bakas, chairman of the parliamentary National Security and Defense Committee, pledging to propose the initiative to the parliament for its fall session.

Luxembourg's troops joining NATO battalion in Lithuania

Monday, July 17, 2017 12:34
Luxembourg's troops are arriving in Lithuania on Monday to join the combat group of the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence battalion stationed in Lithuania.

NATO fighter-jets scrambled once last week over Russian warplanes

Monday, July 17, 2017 12:27
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Fighter aircraft deployed in Lithuania to conduct the NATO air-policing mission in the Baltic states were last week scrambled once to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Defense Ministry said.

NATO asks Russia questions about Zapad exercise close to Lithuania

Friday, July 14, 2017 09:53
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At a meeting with Russia's envoy on Thursday, NATO ambassadors asked him questions about the scale and scenario of the large-scale Zapad 2017 military exercise scheduled to take place next to Lithuania this September, says Lithuania's Ambassador to the Alliance Vytautas Leškevičius.

Klaipėda municipality to found School for Sea Cadets

Thursday, July 13, 2017 16:01
Municipality of the Lithuanian port city of Klaipėda intends to found a School for Sea Cadets.

NATO jets scrambled from Lithuania twice last week over Russian warplanes

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 09:37
NATO air-policing jets were last week scrambled twice from Lithuania to intercept Russian warplanes flying above the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said.

Air defense exercise kicks off in Lithuania

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 09:41
The Tobruq Legacy 2017 air defense exercise gets underway in the district of Šiauliai, in northern Lithuania, on Tuesday.

US deploys Patriot system in Lithuania for air defense drills (1)FREE

Monday, July 10, 2017 17:20
The United States on Monday deployed a long-range air defense system Patriot, which is capable of downing missiles, in Lithuania for air defense drills to be held in July, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said.

Court sentences Russian man to 10 years in prison for spying

Monday, July 10, 2017 09:24
The Vilnius Regional Court on Friday sentenced Nikolai Filipchenko, a Russian citizen, to ten years in prison for spying.

Conscript injured in Lithuania after detonating unknown device

Friday, July 7, 2017 11:26
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A conscript was injured at the Vaidotas Mechanized Infantry Battalion on Friday morning after detonating an explosive device of unknown origin, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said.

Minister of Defence setting up rapid response teams for cyber operations

Friday, July 7, 2017 10:17
Rapid response teams for cyber operations are being set up from civilians in Lithuania's defense system.

Troops to leave for multinational operations areas in Afghanistan, Iraq

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 10:42
The Lithuanian Armed Forces' Joint Staff Headquarters in Vilnius are hosting on Tuesday a farewell ceremony for Lithuanian troops leaving for the NATO-led multinational Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan and the US-led multinational mission Inherent Resolve in Iraq, the Defense Ministry said.

Lithuanians asked to pay for ammo after leaving professional military service early (1)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 10:35
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Two men -- one has spent four years in professional military service and the other has spent eight years -- are beign forced to pay for the bullets they fired while training to defend their homeland, the daily Lietuvos Rytas reported on Tuesday.

NATO jets scrambled once from Lithuania last week over Russian warplanes

Monday, July 3, 2017 12:16
NATO fighter-jets serving in the Baltic air-policing mission were last week scrambled from Lithuania once to intercept Russian warplanes flying above the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Monday.

Lithuania, another 10 NATO countries consider joint ammo procurement

Friday, June 30, 2017 10:03
Lithuania and another 10 NATO members states, as well as Finland, which is not a member of the Alliance, are considering joint procurement of critical ammunition for land forces in the future in an effort to secure lower prices, the Lithuanian Defense Minister said.

Seimas greenlights defense procurement reform

Thursday, June 29, 2017 13:27
The Lithuanian parliament on Thursday passed amendments paving the way for centralizing procurement in the national defense system.

Minister of Defense, other NATO ministers to discuss counter-terror efforts, defense funding

Thursday, June 29, 2017 10:44
Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis is taking part in a meeting of NATO defense ministries held in Brussels on Thursday to discuss the Alliance's counter-terrorism efforts and defense funding.

Lithuania affected by Petya ransomware attack

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 09:10
Petya, a ransomware attack that is spreading across Europe on Tuesday, has affected Lithuanian as well, with several cases of the virus hitting computers reported in the country.

NATO jets intercept group of 16 Russian aircraft above Baltic Sea

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 09:20
NATO fighter jets serving in the Alliance's air policing mission in the Baltic countries last Wednesday were scrambled to intercept a group of 16 Russian military aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Monday.

Lithuanian prosecutors want Russian spying suspect in prison for over 10 yrs

Friday, June 23, 2017 16:54
A Vilnius court has completed hearing the spying case of high-ranking Russian intelligence officer Nikolai Filipchenko whom prosecutors want found guilty and sent to prison for 10 years and six months.