Posts tagged as armed forces

Armed forces will have mandatory vaccination against Covid-19

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

For professional soldiers, vaccination will be compulsory, as it is a matter of national security, the Ministry of Defense said February 1. The army is ready to start immediate vaccination, the only thing that prevents it from starting is the availability of vaccines. As soon as they are allocated to the armed forces, all professional soldiers will receive their dose within a few days. “If some of our soldiers get…

Paradoxes of the Lithuanian society

By Adomas Abromaitis on Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Lithuanian authorities do their possible to attract young men to serve in the armed forces. Another thing is that what they do does not always bring the desired results. Due to the unique security situation Lithuania faces, it was decided to reinstate conscription in 2015, though, frankly, in a democratic society conscription seems very anachronistic. The fact is nothing compares to highly trained and fully funded professional armed forces. However,…

Lithuanian “Smart Griffin” with American accent

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Thursday, October 1, 2020

Smart Griffin – 2020 exercise (Sumanus Grifonas 2020), organized by the Motorised Infantry Brigade “Žemaitija”, has begun at the training ground in the Klaipeda region (Kairiai). The Ministry of Defence of Lithuania reports that it will last until October 2. Smart Griffin 2020 is the first exercise in a new military training cycle that begins this fall. Its purpose is to train the “Žemaitija” battalions in planning defensive actions in…

Armed forces must lose ‘industrial age capabilities’

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Britain Chief of the Defence Staff says there needs to be a focus on the new battlefields of space and cyber. Britain’s armed forces will have to give up some “industrial age capabilities” in order to compete effectively in the new battlefields of space and cyber, the UK’s most senior military commander has warned. General Sir Nick Carter, the Chief of the Defence Staff, said the UK had to…

DSCA approves sale of 6 UH-60M to Lithuania

Friday, July 10, 2020

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Lithuania of six (6) UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $380 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Lithuania has requested to buy six (6) UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in standard U.S. Government configuration…

Latvian scientists develop assessment tool for armed forces

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The National Armed Forces (NBS) received a new personality assessment tool developed by Latvian scientists, reported Latvian Radio on May 28. The test will allow the assessment of personality traits and mental state, as well as physiological parameters. Military psychologists especially praise the digitalized environment of the tool. Researchers from Rīgas Stradina University (RSU) and Rīga Technical University (RTU) have worked on the program for several years. It should be…

Baltic states abandon their armed forces

By Vairis Godmanis on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

There are too many contradictions inside NATO, because the alliance has already turned into a commercial project. Trump is trying to force Europe to abandon its own war industry in favor of the US. However, this is not only business and lobbying for the interests of the American military-industrial complex. In the future, this will lead to the absolute defenselessness of Europe to the outside world and complete dependence on…

Latvian chief of defense to begin visit to US

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Latvian Chief of Defense, Lieutenant General Leonids Kalnins is beginning a working visit to the United States today to discuss defense cooperation between the two countries’ armed forces, as well as security and cooperation matters. “Cooperation with the Michigan National Guard is among the deepest, strongest and most vital. And this is not because this cooperation involves military might but because it is based on a truly friendly relationship…

First 2 of 88 Infantry Fighting Vehicles “Vilkas” delivered to Lithuania

Monday, July 1, 2019

On June 25 first 2 of 88 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) “Vilkas” were delivered to Lithuania. After a year of intense testing in training areas and testing centres of Germany and the Netherlands, serial production of the squad-level fighting vehicles for the Lithuanian Armed Forces has started. IFVs “Vilkas” have been made by a German manufacturer ARTEC, according to the requirements of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The vehicles have Israel-made…

NATO releases report on defence spending 2012-2019

Friday, June 28, 2019

NATO has released its defence spending figures for the period between 2012 and 2019 and it will make unhappy reading for some, including the Trump Administration. In 2019 only seven members of the alliance are estimated to have met the NATO objective of spending two percent of GDP on defence. These include the US, Greece, Estonia, the UK, Romania, Poland and Latvia. Although there has been an effort by other…