The Ministry of Nationwide Defence Republic of Lithuania started the process for acquisition of 35 UAV techniques, 26 “mini” and 9 “small” sort. The aim of reconnaissance requires the UAVs to weigh beneath 150 kg (Class I) and meet the necessities of “mini” and “small” kinds of techniques. Such plane detect and establish, observe targets, permit to evaluate the influence of actions, monitoring of artillery hearth and artillery hearth adjustment and correction. The “mini” sort weighs as much as 20 kg with an efficient vary of as much as 25 km and altitude of as much as 1000 meters. The “small” sort weighs above 20 kg with an efficient vary of as much as 50 km and altitude of as much as 1500 meters.

“Acquisition of those techniques will considerably enhance the Lithuanian navy intelligence capabilities. The Lithuanian Armed Forces at the moment doesn’t have any tactical unmanned plane appropriate for reconnaissance,” says Minister of Nationwide Defence Arvydas Anušauskas.


AeroVironment Switchblade Miniature Loitering Munition

The price of concurrent acquisition of each, “mini” and “small” kinds of UAVs, could quantity to approx. 36 million o Euros, primarily based on a carried out market evaluation. The Ministry of Nationwide Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces attaches nice significance to acquisition and integration of latest reconnaissance and warfare devices aiming to enhance fight capabilities of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. One other deliberate fight drone acquisition at the moment underway is carried out with the U.S. Authorities to obtain Switchblade UAVs. The Lithuanian defence ministry stated the purchases had been triggered by the battle in Ukraine and can embody Switchblade and different drones.

The AeroVironment Switchblade is a miniature loitering munition, designed by AeroVironment and utilized by a number of branches of the US navy. Sufficiently small to slot in a backpack, the Switchblade launches from a tube, flies to the goal space, and crashes into its goal whereas detonating its explosive warhead. The title switchblade comes from the best way the spring-loaded wings are folded up inside a tube and flip out as soon as launched.