Lithuania plans to buy medium-range air defense system, and currently is negotiating its purchase.
This was reported by TASS on Sunday, referring to the statement of Lthuanian Defence Minister Juozas Olekas.
“A little over €100 million is planned for this purpose,” he said.
According to him, the talks on the planned purchase started in May 2016. It is planned to acquire and equip two units. Each of them will receive two launchers, a radar, and a fire control center. Currently, Lithuania‘s armed forces are only equipped with short-range anti-aircraft systems.
The plans of the military department are aimed at mobile anti-aircraft missile complexes NASAMS-2 (National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System 2) of the joint development of the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace and American company Raytheon. NASAMS-2 is designed to combat air targets at low and medium altitudes. Its range is 40 kilometres. Anti-aircraft missiles can hit targets at altitudes up to 14 kilometres.