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Artillery Battalion project successfully completed


On Thursday, 20 January, a closing ceremony to mark a successful completion of the LITART (Lithuanian Artillery) project will be held at the Central Training Area of the Lithuanian Armed Forces at Pabradė.


Under a joint Lithuanian-Danish project, LITART, the General Romualdas Giedraitis Artillery Battalion, equipped with 105mm howitzers, was founded in December 2000. The Danish Armed Forces provided material and methodical assistance in the founding of the artillery unit. In the autumn of 2002, the Danish Armed Forces donated armaments, technical equipment, modern surveillance devices, navigation systems, most advanced computer equipment and ammunition to the Artillery Battalion.


"Taking into account specific features of modern warfare, it is necessary to have artillery units. Artillery may provide support in all types of a battle at any time of a day under any weather conditions. Artillery fire may be move from one shooting area to another and to define the course of the battle, " said Lieutenant Colonel Vygantas Bukauskas, Commander of the Artillery Battalion.


It is expected that the project completion ceremony will be attended by Lithuanian Minister of National Defence, Gediminas Kirkilas, Danish Ambassador to Lithuania, Eva Janson, Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force, Brigadier General Arvydas Pocius, Commander of the Danish Army, Major General Poul Kięrskou, Commander of the Danish Logistic Force, Major General Henrik Dam. The event will also be attended by commanders of the Iron Wolf Brigade and Brigade units.


Participants will observe howitzer combat firing by the battalion's troops.


Implementation of the LITART project involved the following four stages:


The first stage (January 2000 - January 2002) - planning, co-ordination and preparations for the training of personnel for the Artillery Battalion at artillery and logistic schools in Denmark; the Co-ordination Group was established; the Artillery Battalion received the required technical equipment and armaments.


The second stage (January 2002-January 2003) – training of control group officers, armament officers, logistic specialists at the Danish military artillery and logistic schools; 63 military personnel serving with the Artillery Battalion underwent training in Denmark. Establishment of fire posts at Central Training Area of the Lithuanian Armed Forces in Pabradė, Gaižiūnai Training Area in Rukla; the Artillery Battalion received the required technical equipment and armaments.


The third stage (July 2003-December 2003) – junior grade commander and specialist training course delivered at the Artillery Battalion in Lithuania. Over 90 junior grade officers (gun commanders, anti-tank observers, signal officers, fire control non-commissioned officers, weather specialist etc.) received training.


The fourth stage (May 2004 – February 2005) – training of servicemen of the initial mandatory military service at the Artillery Battalion in Lithuania. During the stage, all troops serving with the Artillery Battalion will receive training; artillery simulator was set up at the Artillery Battalion. Upon the completion of the stage, the Artillery Battalion will be fully structured and ready for the accomplishment of the assigned tasks.









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