On Monday, 15 November an official ceremony will be held at the Air Defence Battalion when short-range air defence missile system RBS-70 will be handed over by Norway to Lithuania.
The equipment to be received by the Lithuanian Armed Forces free of charge is estimated at approximately 135 million Litas.
Between October-November of this year, a dispatch including 21 short range anti-aircraft missiles RBS-70, Mk-1 missiles, 5 training simulators, as well as surveillance radar systems Giraffe IV, others spare parts was handed over to the Air Defence Battalion, situated in Mumaiciai, near the country’s northern city of Siauliai. The handed-over equipment is brand new.
The received RBS-70 anti-aircraft system will be used to safeguard the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant and other strategic objects. The equipment will be sufficient to equip two air defence companies.
At the beginning of next year, two simulator classes are expected to be equipped and training curriculum developed. Up till now some 20 instructors have been undergoing training in Norway on how to operate and maintain the air defence systems.
The handover ceremony will be attended by Undersecretary of the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence, Mrs Jūratė Raguckienė, the Norwegian Ambassador to Lithuania, HE Kaare Hauge, Logistic Command Head of the Norwegian Armed Forces, Major General Arne Dahlberg, Commander of the Lithuanian Air Force, Colonel Jonas Marcinkus, and other high-ranking officials from the Lithuanian National Defence System.