Ger­many to help fund Lithua­nian tank firing range

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As Lithua­nian Armed Forces seek to mod­ernise a train­ing area in Pabradė, Ger­many has pledged to al­lo­cate up to a mil­lion euros for procur­ing mo­bile tar­get lift­ing sys­tem for train­ing tank and ar­moured equip­ment live fire while in ma­neu­ver.

Lithua­nian Min­istry of Na­tional De­fence an­nounced on Novem­ber 26 that the min­istry has en­tered into agree­ment with the Ger­man Fed­eral Min­istry of De­fence to re­ceive on a non-re­im­bursable ba­sis up to Eur 1 mil­lion for pro­cure­ment of mo­bile tar­get equip­ment, in­clud­ing con­trol and as­sess­ment tech­nol­ogy.

The funds will be al­lo­cated to Lithua­nia un­der the pro­gramme of the Gov­ern­ment of Ger­many for in­vest­ments into long-term Lithua­nia’s se­cu­rity.

Lithua­nian de­fence of­fi­cials wrote that Ger­many is a long-stand­ing and close part­ner of Lithua­nia in up­grad­ing the Lithua­nian Armed Forces, weaponry and equip­ment – Lithua­nia is buy­ing Vilkas In­fantry Fight­ing Ve­hi­cles, Pz2000 self-pro­pelled how­itzers, M577 ar­moured per­son­nel car­ri­ers and other equip­ment from Ger­many.

Ger­many is also the lead coun­try con­tribut­ing the largest num­ber of per­son­nel to the multi­na­tional NATO en­hanced For­ward Pres­ence Bat­tal­ion Battle Group de­ployed for de­ter­rence and de­fence pur­poses in Rukla, Lithua­nian Min­istry of Na­tional De­fence wrote in a press re­lease.

REUTERS/SCANPIX

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