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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.

 
 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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 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders October 7 – 13, 2019
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On October 7 – 13 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states carried out four alert scrambles to identify and escort aircraft in the international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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 Prospects of military cooperation of Lithuania and Moldova discussed
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On October 11 Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas discussed plans and prospects of bilateral military cooperation between Lithuania and Moldova at a meeting with State Secretary for Defence Policy and International Cooperation of the Ministry of Defence of Moldova Aurel Fondos. The Moldovan delegation the importance of the support from Lithuania for strengthening the capacity of Moldova’s defence sector and the need to continue such initiatives.

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 European Union Member States published a report on EU coordinated risk assessment of 5G networks security
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On October 9 the EU member states, with the support of the European Commission and the European Agency for Cybersecurity have published a report on the EU coordinated risk assessment on cybersecurity in Fifth generation (5G) networks. The report is based on the results of the national cybersecurity risk assessments by all EU Member States. It identifies the main threats and threats actors, the most sensitive assets, the main vulnerabilities.

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