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Most Advanced Military Radars in the Region Enter Service in Lithuania

12/04/2018
Most Advanced Military Radars in the Region Enter Service in Lithuania

Airspace Surveillance and Control Command of the Lithuanian Air Force begins conducting air surveillance tasks with two long-range 3D radars from a NATO manufacturer located in Antaveršis (Southern Lithuania) and Degučiai (Western Lithuania). 

New infrastructure and radars is Lithuania’s largest contribution so far to the development of both, national and NATO collective defence capabilities. 

“The operational launch of the two long-range radars marks a huge qualitative leap in strengthening both, Lithuania’s national and NATO’s air surveillance capability, a part of the NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence System,” Deputy Defence Minister Edvinas Kerza said during a visit to the Airspace Surveillance and Control post in Antaveršis on December 4. 

“Today’s event – initiation of the radar system – continues Lithuania’s steadfast endeavour to secure its freedom and to never allow the atrocities of the past to be repeated. NATO stands with you in this endeavour”, NATO Communications and Information Agency General Manager Kevin J. Scheid said. 

The upgrade of radar post infrastructure encompasses building new premises, installation of new communication systems and new NATO standard long-range radars, manufactured by Spanish company INDRA, which will replace outdated Soviet era radars that the Lithuanian Armed Forces operated until present. 

“Cutting-edge systems installed in the radars will help ensure uninterrupted and effective airspace and border area surveillance, air policing functions, response to possible airspace violation, and warning of potential threats,” Commander of the Airspace Surveillance and Control Command Lieutenant Colonel Aras Rimkus said. 

Lithuania will receive the combined NATO Air Surveillance data, allowing visibility on air traffic way beyond the nation’s borders. According to Commander, the new radars will allow Lithuania to improve operational conditions for military aviation of NATO allies, as well as for SAR operations. 

The Airspace Surveillance and Control posts in Antaveršis and Degučiai are planned to become fully operationally capable as of 2019. 

The project of Airspace Surveillance modernisation has been developed by the Ministry of National Defence, NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) and the NATO Support Agency (NSPA) for over a decade now. 

BACKGROUND NOTES: 

-- Through the enhancement and strengthening of the peacetime airspace surveillance system, Lithuania Armed Forces will upgrade three Airspace Surveillance and Control Command radar posts: 1st (Antaveršis village, Prienai district), 3rd (Degučiai village, Šilutė district) and 4th (Ceikiškės village, Ignalina district). The 4th post in Ignalina where construction works began in 2017 is scheduled to reach full operational capability in 2020. 

-- The project has been running since 2007, the radar acquisition procedures were conducted and contract signed between a NATO country manufacturer and the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) together with the NATO Support Agency (NSPA) on behalf of the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania. The total value of the project, incl. radar systems and infrastructure, is approximately € 60 million euro. 

-- The provision of an effective airspace surveillance and control system is an essential Lithuanian national security task and North Atlantic Treaty Articles 3 and 5 obligations.

Date: 
12/04/2018
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Lithuanian Ministry of Defence

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