Posts tagged as helicopters

DEFENDER-Europe 21 – defensive drills of offensive nature

By Jonas Dringelis on Friday, May 21, 2021

Since 2014 the number of deployed troops in the Baltic region has been constantly increasing. NATO has found the good excuse “not to break” the Vienna Document 2011 on Confidence- and Security-building Measures which formally imposes restrictions on military activities in Europe. At the same time, NATO deploys troops in the region on a “rotating basis” and conducting large-scale exercises. This year, U.S. and NATO are conducting large-scale multinational exercise…

Lithuania to sign contract for Black Hawk helicopters this week

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Lithuania is planning to buy four Black Hawk military helicopters under a contract to be signed with the United States this week, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday. Lithuania will pay the US government 181 million euros (213 million US dollars) for the platform over the next five years. The US government is providing 30 million dollars (around 26 million euros) in financial support for the project. The first shipment…

Lithuania buys Washington’s trust

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, July 13, 2020

Lithuania will purchase six UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and associated equipment from the United States worth than $ 380 million. This was reported by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) of the U.S. Department of Defense on July, 6. The U.S. Department of Defense noted that the purchase of helicopters will significantly increase Lithuania’s capabilities in countering threats from the East, border control, medical evacuation, search and rescue operations and…

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…

British AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat arrived in Estonia

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A United Kingdom AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat arrived at Ämari Air Base, west of Tallinn, on Tuesday, with three AgustaWestland WAH-64 Apache attack helicopters expected in the next few days. The helicopters are on a two-week stint in Estonia, an Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) press release says, and are part of the ongoing Operation Tractable, a large-scale NATO Europe-wide exercise. The helicopters, which also form a part of the U.K.-ed NATO…

Lithuania to buy six American Black Hawk helicopters

Friday, October 18, 2019

The leadership of Lithuania’s national defense system has decided to buy six American Black Hawk helicopters for around 300 mln euros. They will replace eight Soviet-era Mi-8 helicopters Lithuania has used so far, the Ministry of National Defense confirmed. The new multifunctional military helicopters would be used for search and rescue operations, as well as for the implementation of tasks of the Lithuanian army and the Lithuania-based German-lead NATO battalion.…

British Wildcat and Apache helicopters to arrive in Estonia

Thursday, February 14, 2019

UK defence forces are to deploy Wildcat and Apache helicopters to Estonia, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson (Conservative) announced on Wednesday. The helicopters, the AgustaWestland Apache attack helicopter, and the AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat utility helicopter, are operated by the Army Air Corps, the aviation element of the British Army, and will rovide aviation training opportunities to NATO allies on Estonia’s annual Spring Storm (Kevadtorm) exercise as well as to the UK-led…

U.S. sends additional helicopters to Latvia as part of next rotation of troops

Monday, February 11, 2019

As part of its Atlantic Resolve mission, the United States has sent 13 helicopters to Latvia to help strengthen regional security and maintain a U.S. presence in the region, LETA was informed by the Defense Ministry. At the same time, a rotation of 150 U.S troops from the 1st Aviation Brigade will also arrive in Latvia, in addition to the 13 UH-60 and HH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. They will be…

NATO’s misfired weaponry or airstrikes on the Baltic countries

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon 2000 launched an AMRAAM-type air-to-air missile over Estonian territory Tuesday afternoon. All the Estonians are very shocked. The incident occurred on Aug. 7, 2018 at around 3:44 PM local time in the Pangodi area of Estonia’s Tartu County, which is situated less than 50 miles west to the country’s border with Russia. The rocket is being searched by helicopters. The Estonian army has started a large-scale…

Latvia planning to buy six helicopters in coming years

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Latvia’s Defense Ministry and the State Border Guard are planning to buy six helicopters in the coming years; the helicopters could also participate in firefighting operations when necessary. The Defense Ministry said that it would decide on purchasing four helicopters next month. The agreement on buying the helicopters could be signed already this year, and Latvia could receive the first helicopter in 2021. The new helicopters will be equipped to…