The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence (MND) on 26 October signed a EUR109 million (USD127.7 million) contract with Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace to complete the acquisition of system components for a Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) networked medium-range air defence solution to equip the Lithuanian Air Force.
The contract follows the earlier signature of a technical agreement between the Lithuania and the Norway in October 2016, for the procurement of launchers and missiles for the NASAMS solution. The technical agreement, endorsed by the Lithuanian MND and Norwegian Ministry of Defence (MoD) provided for the delivery of NASAMS components, and Norwegian support “in introducing the system in the Lithuanian Armed Forces”, according to a Lithuanian MND press release on 21 October 2016. The statement continued: “The Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania continues the mid-range air defence system project to procure other NASAMS equipment, namely, radars and fire control centres. Ultimately, all the components will be joined into a system capable of air defence: aerial surveillance and control, provide early warning for ground units, and destroy targets in case of necessity.”
The contract signed on 26 October provides for the delivery of two NASAMS batteries, the system components of which are “new and unused except for the launchers which are bought after being used by the Norwegian Armed Forces and will be restored to manufacturer parameters”, according to a Lithuanian MND statement issued on the same day.
A Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace statement confirmed that the “contract includes new additional equipment, training and integrated logistics support package, as well as refurbishment and integration of government supplied components for a complete NASAMS system”. Kongsberg declined to further comment on the specific details of the contract, or the interceptor solution/mix to be acquired for the Lithuanian NASAMS solution.
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