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On August 23-25 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas is conducting a formal visit in Kiev, Ukraine. On August 24 the Minister attended celebration of the 25th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence, observed a military parade including roughly 30 members of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Honour Guard Company, and paid tribute to the victims of Maidan.

 

On August 23 the Defence Minister also met with the Deputy Prime Minister for European Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, and Minister of Defence of Ukraine Army General Stepan Poltorak to discuss security situation in Ukraine and the region, and the progress of Ukrainian defence reform.

 
 Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology is on a visit in Lithuania
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The Honourable Katrina McFarland, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, or ASA (ALT), conducted a visit at the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania on August 23. The guest met with Vice Minister of National Defence Marijus Velička, Director General for Capabilities and Armaments Colonel Darius Užkuraitis, and other representatives of the Ministry of National Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The meeting addressed the ongoing close Lithuanian-U.S. defence cooperation and opportunities to keep expanding it.

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 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on August 15-21, 2016
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On August 15-21 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission over the Baltic States were scrambled once to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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 Minister J. Olekas: “The Contract of 88 IFV is the signal that Lithuania takes care of its security and investments into it seriously
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Video report (By Sgt Spc 1st Class Lukas Kalvaitis)

 

On August 22 the contract of procuring infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) for the Lithuanian Armed Forces was signed at the Ministry of National Defence. 88 IFVs manufactured according to requirements set out by the Lithuanian Armed Forces will be bought for the sum of EUR 385.6 m.

 

The contract was endorsed by the Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas, managing directors of ARTEC GmbH, the Boxer IFV manufacturer, Stefan Lischka and Christoph Heuman, and OCCAR director Tim Rowntree.

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 Procurement of military materiel from the Netherlands Armed Forces is only a part of our broader bilateral defence cooperation, Minister of National Defence J.Olekas says
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Over past six months roughly 200 combat and medlift Mercedes-Benz GD vehicles, trucks, and other military vehicles were brought from the Netherlands to Lithuania to supplement and update the fleet of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. On August 18 a meeting of Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas and Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Lithuania HE Bert van der Lingen was held in Kaunas to celebrate the successful defence cooperation between the two countries.

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 Minister of National Defence J.Olekas congratulated Major General V.Vaikšnoras as the new Chief of the Joint Staff
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Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas congratulated Major General Vitalijus Vaikšnoras upon assuming the duties of the Chief of the Joint Staff on August 16 and wished him success in enhancing combat readiness of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The Minister thanked the outgoing Chief of the Joint Staff Brigadier General Vilmantas Tamošaitis for excellent performance and wished success in developing cooperation between the Lithuanian Armed Forces and the Bundeswehr in his new position as the Defence Attaché of the Republic of Lithuania in Germany.

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 Procurement contract on acquisition of Boxer infantry fighting vehicles will be signed on August 22
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On August 22 the contract on procurement of the Boxer infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) for the Lithuanian Armed Forces will be signed at the Ministry of National Defence. The decision to do so was taken on August 16 by the MoD Council on Defence Resources after hearing the report of the Infantry Fighting Vehicles Work Group on the negotiations and their results regarding acquisition of infantry fighting vehicles.

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