Air Defence Missile System Stinger introduced in Gaiziunai Training Area
Air Defence Missile System Stinger was introduced in Gaiziunai Training Area (Rukla, Jonavos distr.) during the exercise of the Motorised Infantry Brigade Gelezinis Vilkas Air Defence Battery on November 5.
The exercise was attended by the National Defence Minister Juozas Olekas, Ambassador in Lithuania of the USA John A. Claud, Deputy USA Ambassador in Lithuania Dr Damian Leader, Commander of the Lithuanian Armed Forces General Major Valdas Tutkus, interim Land Force Commander Colonel Vytautas Zukas, Chief of Staff of the Motorised Infantry Brigade Gelezinis Vilkas Lieutenant Colonel Egidijus Karvelis, project managers from the USA and other guests.
Soldiers of the Air Defence Battery introduced the Air Defence Missile System Stinger and demonstrated operation of the system during the event.
Project of purchasing Air Defence Missile System Stinger was started in November 2002 after the Lithuanian and USA governments had signed treaty on purchasing the systems. The project concerned Antiaircraft Defence Company of the Standing Motorised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf being armed with Stinger systems within the period of three years.
The projects costs about 108 million litas. According to the agreement, shipment of 8 launchers, 2 radars, and 2 tactical control centres was delivered to the Lithuanian Armed Forces in the middle of 2007. USA instructors are conducting training for maintenance personnel and operators from August 1 to November 5, the course will be end by closing exercise on November 5.
Air defence system is designed for defending battle territories and vital objects from air attacks, killing low flying helicopters, transport aircrafts, and fighters.
Ultrasound missiles can reach target in the distance of 8 kilometres.
The improved modification Stinger systems bought by Lithuania include more sophisticated processors of more capacious memory. This type missile systems are designed for the Hammer type vehicles.
Lithuanian Government decided to buy air defence systems from the USA after a market analysis and investigation of military experts on effectiveness of the weapon according to specific criteria were conducted.
“Raytheon” air defence systems Stinger are used in the USA Land, Naval Force and the Marine Corps. Over 20 Western countries have purchased the system.