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Lithuania orders air surveillance radars

4th April 2018 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Lithuanian armed forces have signed a $3.4 million contract with Elta Systems for five short-range air surveillance radars, the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence announced on 29 March. 

The radars are to be installed in Varėna, Švenčionys, Vilnius, Jurbarkas and Pagėgiai. Elta will also provide logistics and maintenance services under the contract.

Two of the five radars will be installed to reduce the negative impact of wind farms in the Šilutė and Tauragė districts. These wind farms impact the ability of the Lithuanian armed forces’ air surveillance radars to detect and track air targets. The purchase of the two radars have been funded by the Lithuanian businesses developing the wind farms as part of a wider national plan to expand in the renewable energy sector while ensuring that steps are taken to ensure national security.

The short-range radars will be integrated into the joint Lithuanian airspace surveillance system and the armed forces will begin using them by the end of 2019.

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