Lithuania increases defence spending

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The Lithuanian Army's most important projects include equipping units declared to NATO and the army's rapid reaction force with IFVs. Seen here is a Lithuanian Boxer armoured vehicle. (Lithuanian MND/ARTEC)

The Lithuanian government presented a draft state budget for 2022, increasing national defence spending to EUR1.176 billion (USD1.367 billion), the Ministry of National Defence (MND) announced on its website on 12 October.

Finance Minister Gintarė Skaistė told a press conference the day before that this would raise defence spending from 2.03% in 2021 to 2.05% in 2022, Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT) reported on its website on 11 October. She added that Lithuanian political parties support the gradual increase of defence spending to 2.5% of GDP by 2030.


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Skill shortage slows down Serbian MBT upgrade

by Igor Bozinovski

Serbia is modernising its M-84/M-84A MBTs at a rate of 12–13 a year (photo of upgraded M-84 AS1 standard presented in June 2020). (Serbian MoD)


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Turkish lawmakers criticise government for delays in Altay MBT

by Kerry Herschelman

Opposition lawmakers criticised the Turkish government for the delay in the production of Altay MBTs, deliveries of which were meant to begin within 18 months of the 9 November 2018 contract signature with BMC. (Otokar )

Opposition lawmakers criticised the Turkish government for the delay in the production of Altay main battle tanks (MBTs) during a debate on the Ministry of National Defence's budget in the parliament's plan and budget committee on 16 November.

Özgür Ceylan and Polat Şaroğlu, deputies from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), recalled that Turkey's Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) said that Altay deliveries to the army would begin within 18 months of the 9 November 2018 contract signature with Turkish-Qatari joint venture BMC.

Since then, the delivery dates have been continually changed and there is still no tank, they complained.

They also repeated CHP's long-standing criticism of the transfer of the right to operate Turkey's national tank and pallet factory to BMC for 25 years.

The Altay is to be produced at the factory in Sakarya in the Marmara region, where Fırtına self-propelled howitzers are produced and which conducts military equipment maintenance.


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Armenian and Azerbaijan clash again in Nagorno-Karabakh

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 18 November accused Armenia of violating a 16 November truce following clashes between the two South Caucasus countries in Nagorno-Karabakh earlier the same day. The ministry said on its website that the Armenian Armed Forces had twice fired at Azerbaijani Army positions in the Tovuz region on 17–18 November, claiming to have silenced the attacks with return fire.

An Armenian MoD tweet on 18 November accused the Azerbaijanis of opening fire but reported the situation had stabilised after the Armenians retaliated. The situation continued to be stable on 19 November, according to another Armenian MoD tweet.


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