Air Defence Battalion (Lithuania)

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Air Defence Battalion
Lithuanian: Oro gynybos batalionas
Insignia of the Air Defence Battalion of the Lithuanian Air Forces.jpg
Insignia
Active1935–1940
2000–present
Country Lithuania
BranchLithuanian Air Force
TypeAnti-air
RoleAir defence
SizeOver 300
Garrison/HQRadviliškis
Anniversaries1 September 2000
EquipmentNASAMS
FIM-92 Stinger
RBS-70
PZR Grom
Commanders
CommanderMaj. Andrius Konovalovas[1]

The Air Defence Battalion is the main air defence unit of the Lithuanian Air Force. It was created as part of efforts to strengthen and organise the air defence capabilities of the Lithuanian Air Force (LTAF), in 2000.

History[edit]

The present Air Defence Battalion is considered to be a revival of a similar unit in the air force of independent Republic of Lithuania between the World Wars, active from 1935 to 1940.

In 1998, efforts to develop and strengthen the LTAF defence capabilities began under supervision of Col. Česlovas Braziulis. That same year, Swedish Defence officials offered to donate weaponry, technical documentation and training programmes to for a battalion. At this time, the idea of establishing the battalion started to become a reality.

From 1999 to 2000 a group of LTAF troops took studies in military training institutions units in Sweden, where they received theoretical knowledge and practical experience working with battalion weaponry.

In July 2000, the LTAF established the Air Defence Battalion. Lt. Col. Remigijus Daujotis was appointed as Commander of the Battalion.

In September 2000, the Battalion received the first consignment of combat equipment from Sweden. Another shipment of combat equipment and ammunition arrived at the end of 2000. According to the bilateral agreement with Sweden, Swedish advisers who help Lithuanians adapt to the battalion's equipment presently work in the Air Defence Battalion.

In June 2020 the first Battery of NASAMS (National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System) medium-range air defence systems procured from Norway was delivered to the Battalion. The personnel is planned to be fully trained by 2021 and integration of the systems into the NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence System (NATINAMDS) will begin along with that.[2]

Tasks[edit]

The Air Defence Battalion's primary missions include:

  • Defend state facilities of vital importance against military aviation attacks from the air in low and medium altitude;
  • Support land forces in fighting against ground armoured technical equipment and in other events;
  • Train military personnel in carrying out combat tasks.

Development of infrastructure is one key missions of the Air Defence Battalion currently in the stage of development.

Air-defence equipment[edit]

Model Image Origin Variant Details
Surface-to-air missile systems
NASAMS 3 NASAMS II Lippujuhlanpäivä 2.JPG  Norway NASAMS 3 Ordered from Norway, with AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles and MPQ-64 Sentinel Air search radar.[3] Delivered in 2020.
Man-portable air-defence systems
RBS-70 RBS 70.png  Sweden RBS 70 NG Modernised to RBS-70 NG version.[4]
FIM-92 Stinger Lithuanian Stingers.jpg  United States FIM-92 Stinger FIM-92 Stinger Acquired in 2007 "Dual Mount Stinger" modification with missiles, trainers, test missiles, MPQ-64 Sentinel radars, tactical control centres and Humvee trucks for transportation.[5][6]
PZR Grom PZR-Grom-02.jpg  Poland Grom
Radars
Saab Giraffe Giraffe AFB-radar.jpg  Sweden Giraffe Mk-IV Part of the SHORAD units.
AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel ELEC AN-MPQ-64 Sentinel Radar lg.jpg  United States Part of the short and medium range air defence systems.
EADS TRML-3D Radar TRML-3D.jpg  Germany TRML-3D/32 Acquired in 2004 [7]
JTPS-P18 radar JGSDF JAS-P17 radar antenna of JTPS-P18 radar unit(79-9602) at Camp Shimoshizu April 29, 2018 03.jpg  Japan VHF radar

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  1. ^ "Air Defence Battalion of the Lithuanian Air Forces - Command". Ministry of National Defence Republic of Lithuania.
  2. ^ "NASAMS medium-range air defence systems delivered to the Lithuanian Air Force". Ministry of National Defence Republic of Lithuania. 19 June 2020.
  3. ^ DELFI, Vaidas Saldžiūnas. "Naujas Lietuvos kariuomenės pirkinys už 100 mln. eurų: už ką bus sumokėti pinigai?". Delfi.lt. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-09. Retrieved 2015-01-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Ministry of National Defence Republic of Lithuania information publication" (PDF). Kam.lt (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Ministry of National Defence Republic of Lithuania information publication" (PDF). Kam.lt (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Ministry of National Defence Republic of Lithuania". kam.lt.