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NASAMS III lands in Lithuania

30th October 2020 - 15:05 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Baltic republic is the first customer outside Norway to take delivery of NASAMS III

The Lithuanian Armed Forces has officially taken delivery of its National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) III medium-range air defence system, the country’s MoD announced on 30 October.

Lithuania is the first foreign customer to take delivery of NASAMS III.

‘Guarded airspace is among the most critical enablers for Allies to deploy into the [Baltic] region if such a necessity arises,’ Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said.

It was announced on 26 October 2017 that Kongsberg will supply the Lithuanian MoD with two NASAMS III batteries under a $128 million contract.

According to Shephard Defence Insight, each battery for Lithuania comprises  four launchers mounted on Mercedes-Benz 8x8 trucks, two Raytheon MPQ-64F1 Sentinel 3D radars and several other components mounted on 4x4 Mercedes-Benz Unimog trucks.

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