Lithuania is buying two NASAMS air defence launcher systems for Ukraine for 9.8 million euros (USD10.7 million), according to Lithuania’s defence ministry.
“The Ministry of National Defence responds to the continued brutal Russian missile attacks against military and civilian targets in Ukraine and to Ukraine’s request for urgent assistance in strengthening air defence: two medium-range NASAMS air defence system launchers will be purchased for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. On June 27 the Defence Materiel Agency under the Ministry of National Defence signed the acquisition contract with Norwegian company Kongsberg,” said the Lithuanian defence ministry in a press release.
“We are purchasing upgraded NASAMS missile launchers which will be fully ready for integration with the Armed Forces of Ukraine fire control units thus supplementing and extending its NASAMS operational capability donated by Norway and U.S.,” says Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas.
“The contract is worth approximately EUR 9.8 million. Lithuania will also arrange the transfer and hand-over of the equipment to the Armed Forces of Ukraine which will take place in the coming three months. The Ministry of Defence of Norway will contribute to the assistance with a donation of NASAMs launcher maintenance equipment. NASAMS medium-range air defence system are used in the Lithuanian Armed Forces as well.”
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