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New Lithuanian armed forces infrastructure development projects agreed

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Earlier this July the Ministry of National Defence and the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) signed a contract on infrastructure development projects of the Lithuanian Armed Forces which will significantly improve training conditions in Lithuania for both, Lithuanian and allied troops, when implemented.

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13 projects are planned to be completed in the Lithuanian Armed Forces by 2021 according to the new Capability Package of the NATO Security Investment Programme (NSIP): 12 of them are planned for Gen Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė, and 1 – for the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai.

O the basis of the contract, the total worth of the infrastructure development is planned to be roughly EUR 47 million. Roughly EUR 23 million of that will be allotted from the NSIP via the NSPA which will be responsible for the implementation of the projects and contract management.

“The scope of national and international exercises held in Lithuania has grown so much that the present training areas have become too small for comprehensive hosting and training of our and allied troops, while the latest military conflicts and experience from multinational deployments determine the need to enhance the training base for soldiers.

“Moreover, we are equipping the Lithuanian Armed Forces with new weaponry and we seek that they master the full potential of the capabilities they did not have before, i.e., use the weaponry within maximum safety distances. With all that in mind the Ministry of National Defence is focussing heavily on development and improvement of military infrastructure,” Vice Minister of National Defence Giedrimas Jeglinskas says.

Once the currently intended infrastructure development is completed, Gen Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area will be the only one Lithuania capable of accommodating a military unit of p to a brigade size – several thousand of military personnel and hundreds of military equipment.

Units of the said size training in the military training area would also receive full logistical support.

The development of Gen Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area and infrastructure is a continuing project launched in 2014. It is financed from the Lithuanian MoD budget, US European Reassurance Initiative, and the NATO Security Investment Programme.

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