VILNIUS, the Republic of Lithuania (BulgarianMilitary.com), 27 July 2018, Editor: Galina Zdravkova, Photo credit: Master Sergeant Gintautas Mauricas/Lithuanian Armed Forces
On Monday, 23 July 2018, the Ministry of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania announced the new military infrastructure development projects. The contract on the projects was signed earlier this month between the Ministry and NSPA (the NATO Support and Procurement Agency), learned BulgarianMilitary.com
When the projects are completed, the training conditions in Lithuania for the Lithuanian and allied troops will be significantly improved as reported in the news release of the Ministry.
The thirteen projects which are scheduled to be implemented within the Lithuanian Armed Forces by 2021 in accordance with the new Capability Package of the NATO Security Investment Programme (NSIP). Twelve of them concern the Gen Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė, and one – the Base of the Lithuanian Air Force in Šiauliai.
The total value of the projects is expected to about EUR 47 million, of which about EUR 23 million will be allotted from the NSIP through the NSPA which will be responsible for the projects implementation, as well as the management of the contract.
The Vice Minister of National Defence Giedrimas Jeglinskas commented, “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.”
The NSIP project development in Lithuania is directed mainly to development of the infrastructure for the NATO Air Policing Mission, Host Nation Support, and military training areas, and part of the funds are allocated for the infrastructure of the NATO Force Integration Unit.
The NATO Security Investment Programme funds projects related to the security needs of the Alliance with main focus crisis management matters: command and control, communications, mobility, logistics, combat training and infrastructure development, etc.
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