Assembly with U.S. Secretary of Protection Lloyd J. Austin III on December 15 Minister of Nationwide Defence Arvydas Anušauskas underscored the significantly vital significance the newly concluded contract on acquisition of Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) had for Lithuania’s nationwide defence. In accordance with Minister, the long-range rocket system is a brand new step in the direction of a stronger Lithuanian army functionality as it is going to considerably improve the defensive energy of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The signed M142 Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) acquisition contract covers procurement of 8 launchers with reside and clean ammunition together with differing types and fight attribute guided missile pods, for instance, the ATACMS Military Tactical Missile Methods with the efficient vary of 300 km. Lithuania additionally procures coaching and system upkeep tools, providers for personnel coaching, system integration and reference to the NATO Built-in Air and Missile Defence System (NATINAMDS).

“I’m glad the signature regarding acquisition of this important system has been concluded nonetheless this yr. Now our talks with the U.S. proceed to handle HIMARS integration – personnel coaching, upkeep. It’s significantly vital that the HIMARS is procured by all of the Baltic states. We’ve got been and we will likely be actively collaborating with Latvia and Estonia in growing this functionality and enhancing safety of the entire area. The primary HIMARS deliveries are scheduled to happen in 2015. The U.S. army presence in Lithuania and the opposite Baltic states stays one of many key deterrents towards Russia. I welcome the U.S. choice to take care of a steady and chronic U.S. drive presence in Lithuania. On our behalf, we proceed investing and bettering the infrastructure obligatory for the arrival and presence of the deploying U.S. forces and we’re ready to make sure the circumstances obligatory for sustaining their readiness,” stated Minister of Nationwide Defence of Lithuania A. Anušauskas.


The Lithuania-US HIMARS acquisition deal was signed between Lithuanian and the US officers throughout a gathering on 15 December.

The deal is assessed to be price approx. USD 495 million. The U.S. Authorities will place the order with the principal sale contractor, U.S. firm Lockheed Martin. The acquired artillery rocket system is suitable with the opposite applied sciences used within the Lithuanian Armed Forces, subsequently simpler to combine into the prevailing defence plans and step up deterrence. U.S. Secretary of Protection reiterated to Minister of Nationwide Defence the U.S. dedication to strengthen Lithuania’s safety with persistent troops presence within the nation and expressed gratitude for the Host Nation Assist offered to Allied troops. Secretary Austin focussed considerably on Ukraine on the assembly, underscoring the deep U.S. dedication to help the nation because it resisted the Russian aggression and defended its proper to exist. Secretary of Protection thanked Lithuania for the relentless army help and coaching help to Ukraine that considerably furthered its self-defence, and welcomed the strong rising defence spending and funding in new capabilities.

Minister of Nationwide Defence of Lithuania additionally had a gathering with Chairman of the Fee on Safety and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Fee) and member of the Armed Companies Committee within the U.S. Senate Roger Wicker whom he thanked for the U.S. commitments to the safety of the Baltic area. Friday on the Pentagon Minister can be deliberate to satisfy with Below Secretary of Protection for Intelligence & Safety Ronald S. Moultrie and U.S. Secretary of the Military Christine Wormuth to handle the vital U.S. America is Lithuania’s companion and one of many key Allies for the safety of the Baltic area. The Individuals actively contribute to the safety assurance within the Baltic states, contribute troops, finance and tools to the regional defence thus strengthening regional safety and stability.