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October 21, 142 brand-new five-ton capacity Unimog U5000S trucks have been transferred to the Lithuanian Armed Forces. In total, 340 trucks of such a type have been handed over with the present shipment. The trucks from German manufacturer Daimler AG are acquired to keep the vehicle fleet in the Lithuanian Armed Forces updated and uniform. The new trucks will replace outdated UNIMOG vehicles, manufactured by Daimler AG as well.

 

 

 
 Minister R. Karoblis met with K. Kaarelson, the new Ambassador of Estonia to Lithuania
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On October 19 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis met with Estonia’s new Ambassador to Lithuania Kai Kaarelson, congratulated her on the appointment, and expressed delight about the longstanding and strong cooperation between Lithuania and Estonia in the area of security and defence. Minister and Ambassador both agreed that it was necessary to retain NATO attention to deterrence and collective defence and discussed NATO enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltic states in considerable detail.

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 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders October 12 – 18, 2020
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On October 12 – 18 fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states carried out 2 alert scrambles to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in the international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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 Lithuania and Germany further steps up cooperation in military training
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Lithuania’s and Germany’s cooperation on military training will intensify. It has been provided for in an agreement extension on cooperation in the area of military training by the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania and the Federal Ministry of Defence of Germany. The amendment to the bilateral document was signed on October 14 by Head of the International Relations and Operations Group Karolis Aleksa on behalf of the Ministry of National Defence and Defence Attaché of Germany LT Col Konstantin Bellini on Behalf of the Federal Ministry of Defence.

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 Lithuania to increase military contingent in Iraq
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October 15, Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis submitted to the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania a draft resolution for increasing the number of Lithuanian servicemembers in the NATO Mission Iraq to 50. The parliamentary resolution currently in force allows deployment of up to 11 civilian and military personnel of the National Defence System to serve in the NATO Mission Iraq. At the moment, one Lithuanian soldier is deployed and two more are planned to deploy to the region of operation in the end of October.

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 Lithuania to continue force contributions to multinational rapid response forces, NATO and EU headquarters
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In 2021-2022 military and civilian personnel of Lithuania will continue completing standby periods for multinational rapid response forces – the NATO Response Force (NRF) and the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF), and serving with military commands of NATO and the EU. It was tabled for approval of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania in a Ministry of National Defence draft resolution on October 15.

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 German Deployable Control and Reporting Centre in Šiauliai to support situational awareness of the Baltic airspace
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The German Deployable Control and Reporting Centre (DCRC) has officially started operating at the Lithuanian Air Force Base at Šiauliai. Germany deployed the additional control and reporting capability to the Air Base at Šiauliai to augment the situational airspace awareness and force training of all the three Baltic States that is otherwise carried out by the static Control and Reporting Centres (CRC) at Karmėlava, Lielvarde (Latvia), and Tallinn (Estonia) alone. The German system was fully deployed earlier in the week, and by the end of November it will be fully integrated into NATINAMDS (NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence System) to reinforce NATO airspace surveillance capabilities above Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

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