Posts tagged as Army

Lithuanians are in no hurry to serve in the army

By Dominykas Urbonas on Thursday, October 14, 2021

The number of army dodgers is growing from year to year in Lithuania. The authorities of the Baltic republic have no idea how to solve this problem. The only solution seems to be the abolition of conscription. A twenty-year-old man with a large camera around his neck in the center of Kaunas said that the news about the conscription does not make him happy. He is not studying now and…

Lithuanian Army to be equipped with additional G36 Assault Rifles

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

The contract’s value is approximately 19 million euros. Supply is expected in 2022-23. Israel’s IWI is bidding in a separate tender for machine guns. The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence awarded a contract worth approximately 19 million euros to the German company Heckler and Koch in late September, for the production and supply of additional G36 assault rifles to its military. The new batch will be delivered in 2022-23. The G36…

Foreign troops in Lithuania instead of its own army

By Vairis Godmanis on Sunday, October 3, 2021

On August 30, a new military camp was opened in Lithuania. It will allow receiving even more American troops in the country. There was also a welcoming ceremony for U.S. military personnel arriving in the country on a regular rotation. Armored brigade battle group 1/1 ID, known as “Devil Brigade”, participated in the First World War in France, almost five years in the Vietnam War, took part in the war…

Artificial Intelligence used on British Army operation for the first time

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

The British Army has used Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the first time during Exercise Spring Storm, as part of Operation Cabrit in Estonia. Soldiers from the 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade used an AI engine that provides information on the surrounding environment and terrain. Through the development of significant automation and smart analytics, the engine is able to rapidly cut through masses of complex data. Providing efficient information regarding the environment…

Lithuanian army Vilkas IFVs receive last Spike LR missiles

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

The last shipment of Spike LR anti-tank missiles for the Lithuanian Armed Forces Vilkas Infantry Fighting Vehicles was delivered to Lithuania at the end of June. The Spike LR anti-tank missile acquisition contract was completed and implemented by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) through cooperation with the OCCAR international organisation that executed the project. The Vilkas IFV is a variant of the Boxer armored fighting vehicle developed by…

Far-right abuse: Racism case seen as threat to whole German army

Friday, June 18, 2021

The German defence minister has told the armed forces that reported racist and sexual abuse in a German platoon based in Lithuania has put their entire reputation at risk. The 30 soldiers have now been recalled. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said the scandal was a “slap in the face” for all those serving in the Bundeswehr (armed forces). The reports spoke of a sexual assault, bullying, anti-Semitism and Nazi songs. The platoon…

Outgoing defense minister: Reserve army model justified for Estonia

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Outgoing Minister of Defense Jüri Luik (Isamaa) said in an interview to ETV’s foreign affairs show “Välisilm” that the reserve army model has justified itself completely in Estonia. I would like to start off by noting that this interview is your swan song as defense minister, but I will immediately take it back as I know you have previously been foreign minister, defense minister and then defense minister again. You…

Latvian army ready to help with vaccination logistics

Friday, December 18, 2020

The Latvian army is ready to engage in the logistics chain of COVID-19 vaccine, the commander of the National Armed Forces (NBS), Leonīds Kalniņš told Latvian Television December 18. The commander said the army was prepared to immediately engage in the process of distributing the COVID-19 vaccine if ordered. Kalniņš said that the army’s involvement had been discussed with Defense Minister Artis Pabriks. Kalnins also said that Army medics were already…

Dozen people suspected of plundering Lithuanian army property

Friday, October 9, 2020

Lithuania’s Military Police and police have disclosed an army property plundering group at one of the army’s units, the military on Thursday. Suspicions have been brought against 12 soldiers and civilians. Some of them have been detained. Officers from the Military Police, in cooperation with Lithuania’s police, have carried out procedural actions for several months. One soldier was temporarily detained and later released, suspected of having abused his official position…

US army secretary to visit Lithuania

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

US Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy will visit Lithuania discuss America’s military presence in the region, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry said on Wednesday. Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis and McCarthy will meet in Vilnius on Thursday to “discuss defense cooperation of Lithuania and the United States, US military presence in the region, joint procurement projects, and plans for Lithuanian Armed Forces infrastructure development,” the ministry said in a press release.…