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News archive (2018 - 12)

Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders on December 24 – 30, 2018
2018.12.31
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On December 24 – 30 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled twice to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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Polish soldiers take over the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states as Lithuania begins its 15th year in the NATO alliance
2018.12.31
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The Polish Armed Forces are taking over the command of the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states on January 3 as Lithuania is entering its 15th year of NATO membership. After four months of guarding the Baltic skies, the Belgian Air Force detachment will hand over the mission to a Polish Air Force detachment with four F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft during a ceremony at the Lithuanian Air Force Air Base in Šiauliai. The German Air Force will provide the augmentation to this rotation of five Eurofighter Typhoons to be flown from Estonia.  

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders on December 17 – 23, 2018
2018.12.27
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On December 17 – 23 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled twice to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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Lithuania to procure additional NASAMS combat and inert missiles from Norway
2018.12.27
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Earlier in December Commander of the Lithuanian Air Force Colonel Dainius Guzas and Head of the Acquisition Management Department of the Defence Materiel Agency of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence Mr. Eivind Fagge signed a technical agreement regarding procurement of NASAMS ground-based mid-range air defence system combat and inert missiles from the Norwegian Ministry of Defence at a meeting at the Defence Materiel Agency under the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania.

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10-year plan of national defence system development approved
2018.12.20
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On December 20 the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania approved the new 10-year Plan for National Defence System Development which will be in force instead of the one approved in 2014 and made completely irrelevant by the changed regional security environment and increased defence budget. The new program not only sets out the goals, objectives, and priorities for the National Defence System, defines key means to achieve the said objectives, but also sets out deadlines concerning the objectives, the desired results, and their assessment criteria.

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Secure data transfer network to be developed
2018.12.20
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On December 20 Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania approved creation of a model vital institutions data transfer network which would be independent from public communication networks and suitable for using during a crisis or war.

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The Government approved – three new military bases will be built by Public-Private Partnership method
2018.12.19
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On December 19 the  Government of the Republic of Lithuania agreed to the plans of the Ministry of National Defence to build three new military bases   over the next several years through Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

This is going to be the first time a National Defence System procurement is conducted by the PPP method.

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Vice Minister E. Kerza discussed cyber security initiatives and election security with representative of the European Commission
2018.12.18
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During a visit to Brussels on December 18 Vice Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza discussed European Union initiatives in cyber security area with Director General of the Directorate General of Communication, Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) at the European Commission. It was the second meeting of Vice Minister and DG CONNECT representatives in the time span of the past several months.   

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders on December 10 – 16, 2018
2018.12.17
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On December 10 – 16 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled four times to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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Hybrid threats and ways to counter them discussed in Romania
2018.12.14
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On December 13 Vice Minister of National Vytautas Umbrasas took part in the “Defence Hybrid Warfare in the Black Sea: Romania, Europe, and NATO Collective Responses” Conference organised by the German Marshall Fund of the United States and Romania’s Ministry of National Defence.

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