Lithuania receives new communication equipment

29 March 2016 (Last Updated March 29th, 2016 18:30)

The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence has received the first delivery of communication equipment, procured as part of the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) and other foreign assistance funds.

Lithuanian communication system

The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence has received the first delivery of communication equipment, procured as part of the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) and other foreign assistance funds.

The first batch included various modifications of Harris Falcon III new-generation tactical communications equipment.

Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas said: "The equipment delivered by the US once again proves its solidarity and firm commitment to collective defence.

"New tactical communications equipment will help Lithuanian military secure interoperability with its allies while delivering on common tasks."

The delivery will be distributed across different units of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

The new equipment will also be tested at Exercise Iron Wolf, scheduled to take place later this year.

"New tactical communications equipment will help Lithuanian military secure interoperability with its allies while delivering on common tasks."

US permanent representative to Nato Ambassador Douglas Lute said: "Lithuania's decision to strengthen their land force and ground-to-air communications is an example of delivering on their national responsibility for self-defence, embedded in Article 3 of the Nato Treaty.

"The use of ERI funds to help secure the radio equipment demonstrates the continued commitment of the US to helping strengthen our Allies' ability to address new and emerging threats along Nato's borders."

The European nation will receive its next batch of equipment under the ERI in late 2016.

The shipment will include surveillance equipment and systems for tactical and satellite communications, as well as battlefield management.

Valued at $33m, the batch is expected to be delivered to Lithuania in several stages.


Image: The shipment arrived at Karmelava Airport, Lithuania. Photo: courtesy of Alfredas Pliadis / Lithuanian MOD.