The Federal Ministry of Defence of Germany is set to provide funding for the modernisation of the General Silvestras Zukauskas Training Area in Pabradė, Lithuania.
Germany’s contribution will be used for the procurement of a mobile target lifting system for training tank and armoured equipment live fire while in manoeuvre.
An agreement on funding the procurement was signed between Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence vice-minister Giedrimas Jeglinskas and Germany’s Federal Minister of Defence Parliamentary State Secretary Dr Peter Tauber.
Under the agreement, Germany will provide up to €1m to Lithuania on a non-reimbursable basis for the mobile target equipment, including control and assessment technology.
The new mobile target lifting equipment at the General Silvestras Zukauskas Training Area will be used by the Lithuanian Armed Forces.
In addition to Lithuania, the upgraded and improved multifunctional firing range will meet the training needs of other countries contributing capabilities to the Nato Enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group, as well as other members of the alliance.
Jeglinskas said: “German investment into long-term Lithuania’s security demonstrates a serious and responsible approach to the importance of the Nato Enhanced Forward Presence and their deployment in Lithuania.
“We are grateful to the Government of Germany for the support, which will help improve combat readiness of the German-led Nato Enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group and units of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.”
The country is committed to fulfilling procurement contracts with contractual partners by the beginning of December next year.
Lithuania is currently purchasing the Vilkas infantry fighting vehicles, Pz2000 self-propelled howitzers and the M577 armoured personnel carriers from Germany.