The Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania has agreed to acquire Norwegian advanced surface-to-air missile system (NASAMS) components.
The agreement is in line with Lithuania's strategy to develop the defence capabilities of its armed forces.
Lithuania Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas said: “Signature of this technical agreement is one of the most important phases in developing mid-range defence capabilities of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.
“It is excellent that our partner Norway has not only agreed to sell NASAMS equipment, which will strengthen security of Lithuania’s airspace, but also to assist in introducing the system in the Lithuanian Armed Forces.”
Lithuania will continue to procure other NASAMS equipment, such as radars and fire control centres, as part of the mid-range air defence system project, which is valued at more than €100m.
Delivery of the mid-range NASAMS equipment to Lithuania will be completed by 2020.
The components will be used to create a system capable of aerial surveillance and control, providing early warning for ground units, and destroying targets.
The NASAMS offers battle management, command, control, computers, communications, and intelligence (BMC4I) air defence capabilities through the integration of sensors and launchers.
It employs the AIM-120, an advanced medium range air-to-air missile, as its primary weapon.
Targets are detected and tracked using a high-resolution, 3D pencil-beam radar.
Image: Lithuania looks to develop mid-range defence capabilities of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. Photo: courtesy of Ministry of National Defence Republic of Lithuania.