Defence

President Grybauskaitė attends NATO summit in Brussels

Thursday, May 25, 2017 10:28
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Thursday is attending NATO's summit in Brussels that is expected to focus on defense funding and the Alliance's role in the fight against terrorism.

Guzas appointed Lithuania's new air force commander

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 10:45
Military air force
Augustas Didžgalvis
Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis has appointed Lieutenant Colonel Dainius Guzas as the new commander of the Lithuanian Air Force, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

Norwegian military vehicles to arrive in Lithuania as part of NATO deployment

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 10:15
Military vehicles and other equipment of a Norwegian contingent to be deployed as part of NATO's battalion battle group will arrive in Lithuania on Wednesday, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said.

Lithuania's ex-air force commander says nobody planned to repair helicopters in Russia

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 09:44
Former Air Force Commander Colonel Audronis Navickas
Augustas Didžgalvis
Audronis Navickas, a former Lithuanian Air Force commander, says that "nobody was ever going" to send Russian-made Mi-8 helicopters, which are used in Lithuania for rescue and search operations, to Russia for an overhaul.

Police detain 12 men with airsoft guns in forest close to VilniusFREE

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 09:32
Police on Sunday morning detained 12 men with airsoft guns in a forest near Nemenčinė, in the district of Vilnius, the Lithuanian Police Department said.

Lithuania extends professional military service length by 5 yrs

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 15:52
Military at Rukla
J.Butkutės nuotr.
Professional military servicemen and servicewomen will be able to serve in the Lithuanian Armed Forces for around five years longer than they do now.

Lithuania pursues counter-terror cooperation, ForMin tells UK counterpart

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 10:31
Lithuania will continue to cooperate with the United Kingdom and international community in counter-terrorism efforts, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said as he offered his condolences to British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson over Monday's deadly explosion in Manchester.

NATO jets in Baltics scrambled 4 times last week over Russian aircraft

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 09:18
NATO fighter jets serving in the Alliance's air policing mission in the Baltic countries were scrambled four times last week to intercept Russian military aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Monday.

Government to set up national security commission

Monday, May 22, 2017 16:15
Government officials on Monday confirmed plans to establish a National Security Commission to help deal with crises.

NATO communications exercise gets underway in Lithuania

Monday, May 22, 2017 10:31
Around 1,200 troops from 25 NATO member states are taking part in the communications units exercise Steadfast Cobalt, which officially got underway in Lithuania on Sunday.

Defense minister urges EU to step up capacities against hybrid threats

Friday, May 19, 2017 10:13
Enhancement of European capacities against cyber threats has to be among top priorities of the community, Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis said at a meeting of the EU Defense ministers in Brussels.

Polish airmen scrambled for 1st time from Lithuania over Russian warplane

Friday, May 19, 2017 10:02
Šiauliuose nusileido vienas moderniausių NATO žvalgybos orlaivių
Alfredas Pliadis
Polish fighter-jets serving in the NATO air-policing mission in the Baltic states were for the first time scrambled over a Russian warplane flying above the Baltic Sea.

US special operations chief to visit parliament, observe exercise in Pabrade

Friday, May 19, 2017 09:23
General Raymond Thomas, commander of the United States Special Operations Command, is visiting Lithuania on Friday to meet with Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis and observe an exercise in Pabrade, central Lithuania.

Spread of WannaCry in Lithuania halted

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 12:44
The spread of the WannaCry ransomware that encrypts computer data has been halted in Lithuania, however, experts warn that the hackers may try finding new ways of the cyber attack of the immense scale.

Over 1,000 troops of NATO communications battalion to train in Kaunas, Lithuania

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 12:30
Troops of the communications battalion of the Jaegers' Battalion of Vytautas the Great based in Kaunas, Lithuania, are readying for a military exercise, with over 1,000 NATO communications officers planned to train in Kaunas in the framework of the Steadfast Cobalt exercise.

PM views Lithuanian institutions' stance on cyber security unsatisfactory

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 10:18
Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that the attention on cyber security in institutions in Lithuania is insufficient.

Lithuanian firms plan to go ahead with data center project

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 09:48
AmberCore DC and Arcus Novus, the developers of a data center project suspected of links to Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), have reached a deal with prosecutors to annul their transactions that had received a negative opinion from a government commission, the State Security Department and the Prosecutor General's Office.

Cyber attacks may have targeted about 100 domains in LithuaniaFREE

Monday, May 15, 2017 13:28
The WannaCry cyber attack that has been targeting users worldwide since Friday may have harmed over 100 domains in Lithuania, according to preliminary figures.

250 Czech troops may join NATO battalion in Lithuania next year

Monday, May 15, 2017 10:49
Czech soldiers in Lithuania
Augustas Didžgalvis
Some 250 troops of the Czech Republic should next year join the NATO battalion stationed in Lithuania.

Cyber attacks may have targeted 40 users in Lithuania, no state institutions

Monday, May 15, 2017 10:03
The WannaCry cyber attack that has been targeting users worldwide since Friday may have harmed over 40 users in Lithuania, however, no objects of state importance or other crucial systems, says Rytis Rainys of the Communications Regulatory Authority.

Zapad exercise alarming due to simulated attacks against NATO

Monday, May 15, 2017 09:40
The Russian-Belarusian exercise Zapad to take place close to the Lithuanian border in September is alarming due to the simulated attacks against the NATO Alliance, says Lithuania's Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis.

About 160 Lithuanian troops participate in military drills in Estonia

Friday, May 12, 2017 11:43
LIthuanian army action in Rukla
J.Butkutės nuotr.
Around 160 Lithuanian troops will be taking part in the Spring Storm (Kevadtorm 2017) military exercise in Estonia for the next two weeks, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Friday.

Armed Forces revise menus for troops

Friday, May 12, 2017 09:05
Burger
Fotolia
Lithuania's Armed Forces have revised menus for troops starting May to include more options, such as lasagna or burgers, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

Koryzna proposed as commander of Lithuanian Riflemen's Union

Thursday, May 11, 2017 10:42
Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis proposes to appoint Lieutenant Colonel Gintaras Koryzna as commander of the Lithuanian Riflemen's Union (LRU).

US defense secretary says Baltics set an example of growing defense (1)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 16:59
The Baltic countries are setting an example for all NATO member states in increasing their defense budgets, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Wednesday after visiting the Alliance's troops stationed in Lithuania.

US defense secretary pledges to defend Baltc states but can't elaborate on Patriot systemsFREE

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 11:53
United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis said in Vilnius on Wednesday that the US was ready to deploy defense systems in the Baltic states to deter Russia, however, has given no comment on the possibility to bring long-range defense systems Patriot.

US secretary of defense Mattis arrives in Lithuania

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 09:40
United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrived in Lithuania on Tuesday evening on a visit, by which the US new administration aims to demonstrate its commitment to the security of the Baltic states amid concerns over Russia's foreign policies.

Russian fake news seeks to generate Baltic opposition to NATO presence

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 13:33
NATO flag
Organizatorių archyvas
Russian media outlets in Moscow and in the Baltic countries have stepped up their efforts to generate opposition among Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). These media sources have been putting out fake news stories suggesting that NATO was recruiting Russian speakers, especially in Latvia, to use “as guinea pigs” to test new “physical, biological and other techniques.” The goal of such “experimentation” is purportedly to prepare the Balts to help the Western alliance invade the Russian Federation.

DefMin to assign planning of military acquisitions to Armed Forces

Monday, May 8, 2017 12:25
Ministry of Defence
DELFI / Juozas Markevičius
Lithuania's Defence Ministry intends to put the Armed Forces in charge of coordination of the planning of military acquisitions as part of the reform of the procurement scheme in the defence system.

US Defense Secretary Mattis to come to Lithuania next week

Friday, May 5, 2017 14:43
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis is coming to Lithuania next week.