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Lithuania's Defence Ministry has signed a contract with Swedish company SAAB Dynamics on the purchase of the RBS70 simulators, which will be used to train troops.
Swedish soldiers
Swedish soldiers
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The simulators, training services and spare parts are estimated at about 5.8 million euros.

"Ministry of National Defence continues modernization of the RBS70 systems which are in service of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. In 2015, we received upgraded launchers and missiles and current contract with SAAB Dynamics will provide our soldiers with advanced simulators. These assets will reduce the training costs but allow to maintain the high level of soldiers' combat readiness," the ministry cited Lieutenant Colonel Juris Gvozdas, deputy director of the Weaponry and Control Systems Department, as saying.

The project also involves the Lithuanian-based Baltic Institute of Advanced Technology, which together with SAAB Dynamics will work on the integration of 3D maps for simulators to visualize real environment for the RBS70 operators.

Short-range air defence system RBS70 simulators will improve the skills of the operators of the Lithuanian Air Defence battalion. In 2015, Lithuanian RBS70 systems were modernized to 4th generation and now can fire upgraded Bolide missiles capable of destroying any type of air borne targets at the distance of 8 km and 5 km in altitude in both – daytime and at night. RBS70 systems include missile complexes with Giraffe Mk-IV surveillance radars.

Lithuania's Air Defence Battalion is also equipped with short-range missile air defense systems Stinger. Lithuania also plans to purchase medium-range air defense systems from Norway.

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