Lithuania's State Border Guard Service has acquired two drones to fight cigarette smuggling.
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The service said on Thursday the drone acquisition process has been finished, aimed at bolstering its capabilities to fight cigarette smuggling in border areas between checkpoints, especially on the EU's external border with Russia and Belarus.

The acquired two electricity-powered drones have visual surveillance equipment for patrol, air surveillance and escort of objects. The service has also bought a universal ground command and control station with necessary software and licenses.

If needed, the equipment could be used by other law enforcement institutions in Lithuania, including the police and customs.

The project, worth almost 120,000 euros, took almost 18 months to implement, and 80 percent of the costs were covered by the EU.

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