Lithuanian, NSPA sign infrastructure development project contract
The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) have signed a contract on infrastructure development projects for the Lithuanian armed forces, the MoD announced on 23 July.
According to the new capability package of the NATO Security Investment Programme (NSIP), 13 projects are planned to be completed in the Lithuanian armed forces by 2021. Twelve of them are planned for Gen Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė and one for the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai.
According to the contract, the total worth of the infrastructure development is to be around $55 million. Out of that, around $26.9 million will be allotted from the NSIP via the NSPA which will be responsible for the implementation of the projects and contract management.
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 a brigade size. Units 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.
Major directions of NSIP project development in Lithuania are infrastructure development for the NATO Air Policing Mission, Host Nation Support and military training areas.
Col Tomas Masaitis, Lithuania’s acting Land Force Commander, said: ‘Land force unit training will be taken to a new qualitative and quantitative level once the development project is completed and the Griffin Brigade, the Iron Wolf Brigade and the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Group integrated into it will have more space for exercising the potential of their equipment and weaponry.’
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