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Leadership of the National Defence System has taken a decision to dispose of the soviet-made Mi-8 helicopters and start negotiations on procurement of new helicopters. The new utility helicopters are planned to be used for search and rescue operations and for the tasks of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania.

 
 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders October 14 – 20, 2019
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On October 14–20 fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were not scrambled to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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 New Vice Minister of National Defence appointed
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As of October 21 Eimutis  Misiūnas assumes the position of the Vice Minister of National Defence overseeing procurement and acquisition at the National Defence System. He is replacing Giedrimas Jeglinskas who has been appointed as the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Executive Management and starts his work in Brussels.  

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 Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis met with Ambassador of Latvia to Lithuania, discussed bilateral relations in regional security and defence
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On October 18 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis discussed bilateral relations in the areas of regional security and defence at a meeting with the new Ambassador of Latvia to Lithuania Indulis Bērziņš.

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 Vice Minister of National Defence and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic discussed security and defence
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On October 17 Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic Vít Korseltto discuss security aspects, EU and NATO security and defence initiatives and the defence programme of Lithuania and the Czech Republic in the region.

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 Vice Minister of National Defence E. Kerza presented Lithuania’s experience in security investment at NATO’s Cyber Security Conference
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On October 15 Vice Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza presented Lithuania’s experience in cyber security investments at the NATO Information Assurance Symposium 2019 (NIAS2019).

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 BALTDEFCOL officers on a visit in Lithuania
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On October 14 Vice Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza met with students of the Join Command and General Staff Course of the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL) on a visit in Lithuania and discussed topical aspects of defence policy.

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