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Lithuania is considering buying helicopters for the country's Special Operations Forces, with final decisions on transport and possibly combat helicopters expected by the end of this year, lrt.lt news portal said.
NATO helicopters
NATO helicopters

"We are thinking about transport helicopters for the Special Operations Forces or the Response Forces, however, we will not be able to start speaking about the acquisition until 2022, as the budget has been planned for a few years to come. We are now searching for lease possibilities," Lithuania's Chief of Defense Lieutenant Gneeral Jonas Vytautas Zukas said.

Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis noted that special operators could have three helicopters, in addition to three more for search-and-rescue functions of the Armed Forces.

All NATO countries and their partners have Special Operations Forces, however, troops of merely a few countries enjoy an exclusive status that enables them to command NATO joint special operations forces. This requires air platforms.

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