Despite the breakthrough in modernisation, which has been achieved through increased funding of the National Defence System, the military’s requirement for modern armaments, vehicles, equipment and supplies remains high, given the former lack of funding, increased Lithuanian Armed Forces structure, obsolescence of armaments, equipment and vehicles, and modern technology introduction costs. The requirement in question is addressed consistently:
- In the short term, the modernization projects that have ensured the qualitative leap of the Lithuanian Armed Forces will be fully completed. Timely execution of projects in their planned scope, smooth integration of new systems, and met operation and maintenance needs are crucial;
- Decisions are taken in response to the radically changed security environment in the region aiming to accelerate capability reinforcement, additional weapons, equipment and other components critical for neutralization of high-value targets, surveillance, reconnaissance and transportation are acquired as a matter of urgency;
- Consistent investments are made in stockpiling munitions of various calibers and other stocks the military requires while exploring opportunities to contract supply chains and tapping into the potential of the Lithuanian defence industry more efficiently. In the meantime, innovative solutions are applied to cut the costs of combat training (e.g., through application of various simulators).
Priority defence capabilities of the Lithuanian Armed Forces are built up in a systematic and consistent manner: Lithuanian Armed Forces capability in land warfare is strengthened by ensuring unit mobility and maneuverability, fire support power is increased, airspace surveillance and defence is improved and effectiveness of reconnaissance is ensured. An increasing attention is devoted to the maritime situational awareness capability development, strengthening logistical support, ensuring secure data transfer and increasing cybersecurity.
Major ongoing modernisation projects are designed to develop priority military capabilities for the Lithuanian Armed Forces: “Vilkas” Infantry Fighting Vehicles and Joint Light Tactical Vehicles are procured, advanced self-propelled artillery is introduced. Projects of a MCM and Search and Rescue ship acquisition and procurement of UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopter platform (to replace the currently used obsolete Russian-made Mi-8s with a Western standard) are further pursued, airspace surveillance and air defence capabilities are further developed, logistical technical equipment is acquired and personnel weaponry and gear is updated.
Also, constitutive decisions have already been made concerning the subsequent projects of importance to the Lithuanian Armed Forces: acquisition of additional amount of Infantry Fighting Vehicles to equip the rest of Lithuanian Armed Forces units, self-propelled artillery systems for the Motorised Infantry Brigade Griffin, high-mobility multiple rocket launchers and medical vehicles, as well as transition to a new multi-role ship platform, enhancement of the UAV, including combat drones, capability, replacement of obsolete mid-range radars with advanced equipment that meets NATO standards.