Lithuania to step up air defense with air missiles

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Lithuania is to purchase additionally battle and training missiles to its Nasams air defense system from the Norway's Defense Ministry to step up air defense, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry announced on Thursday.

The representatives of Lithuanian and Norwegian defense ministries signed a technical agreement on procuring battle and training missiles for mid-range air defense systems Nasams from Norway's defense ministry, according to the announcement from the Lithuanian Defense Ministry.

The agreement to purchase battle and training missiles is a supplement to last year's agreement worth 110 million euros to purchase air defense systems Nasams from Norwegian manufacturer Kongsberg.

"This additional purchase is one more step closer to implementation of Nasams mid-range air defense system in Lithuanian Army," Colonel Dainius Guzas, commander of Lithuanian Air Defense, said in a statement.

The Lithuanian Defense Ministry didn't disclose the terms of additional purchase of the battle and training missiles from the Norway's Defense Ministry, though noted that the agreement had been made "on very favorable terms".

The Nasams mid-range air defense systems purchased by Lithuania are capable of destroying aircrafts and missiles at the range of "dozens of kilometers", according to Lithuanian Defense Ministry.

According to last year's agreement, Lithuania is to receive Nasams systems by 2021.

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