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“According to the exercise scenario, dangerous incidents have been occurring in our region for the past 72 hours and still continue – unrest in neighbouring countries, information on planned terrorist and cyber-attacks. Therefore Lithuania has no time to lose to protect critical infrastructure. We take the decision to mobilise cyber capabilities and request the U.S. and the EU cybersecurity rapid response teams to help,” Vice Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza presented the scenario of cybersecurity exercises running in Lithuania on October 11.

 
 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on October 15 – 21, 2018
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On October 15–21 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled three times to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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 Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf of the Lithuanian Armed Forces has been affiliated to a German Army division
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The Protocol of Intent signed by the Lithuanian and Federal Ministers of Defence in February earlier this year on affiliation of Lithuanian and German military units has been implemented - the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf of the Lithuanian Armed Forces has been officially affiliated to a German Army division. The Agreement of Affiliation was signed on October 21 at the Ministry of National Defence by Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Brigadier General Valdemaras Rupšys and Commander of the German  Field Army Lieutenant General Jörg Vollmer. The agreement will allow the Iron Wolf Brigade to achieve readiness to act in composition of a superior military unit.

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 Ministry of National Defence to present planned infrastructure development projects in an ad hoc Central Project Management Agency event
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As the Ministry of National Defence is strengthening capabilities of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, it is planned to implement Public-Private Partnership projects for building three new military bases with all infrastructure in Šiauliai city, and regions of Šilalė and Vilnius over the next several years.Vice Minister of National Defence Giedrimas Jeglinskas and representatives of the Ministry of National Defence will present the strategic National Defence System project in a greater detail in an event organised for that purpose on October 30  by the Central Project Management Agency.

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 Defence Attaché of Georgia in Lithuania finished term in office of three years
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On October 17 outgoing Defence Attaché of Georgia Col Archil Petremgvdlishvili was farewelled at a ceremony at the Ministry of National Defence.

Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas thanked the outgoing Defence Attaché for excellent job done on strengthening bilateral cooperation and presented the National Defence System Medal of Merit.  

 

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 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on October 8 - 14, 2018
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On October 8 – 14 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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 New batch of Unimog trucks delivered to the Lithuanian Armed Forces
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Successful collaboration with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) is continued, on October 11 the Lithuanian Armed Forces received 54 Unimog U5000 trucks (permissible load capacity 5 tons) manufactured by Daimler AG of Germany.

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