Map of USA and NATO bases in Lithuania
Lithuania: Vilnius (advanced command and staff cell NATO); G. Rukla (a multinational NATO battalion, 1100; the rotary unit of the armored brigade of the U.S. armed forces); AVB "Zokniai", Siauliai (aviation within the mission of NATO air policing in the Baltic region – 4 fighter air force (VVS), Belgium); p. Amichai (warehouse of arms and military equipment (military hardware) the US); polygons in pabradė, Kairee, Kazlu Rudei Roque.
Lithuania: polygons near the border with Belarus
In Lithuania, a multinational NATO battalion is led by Germany. The Rukla military base is home to a German mechanized battalion, Belgian and Dutch infantry companies, a Czech mechanized infantry company, and a Luxembourg infantry unit, with a total of about 1,400 troops.
Most of the armored vehicles on the ground in Pabrade, right at the border with Belarus. The images show a completely new stand-alone platform with hangars, along which there are two dozen units of heavy equipment. The same number is on the base itself.
In addition to the NATO battalion, there are also American military personnel in Lithuania. However, it is not known how many of them are in the country as part of operation Atlantic Resolve, but warehouses for storing weapons and ammunition have been built in the Mumaichai area of the United States to provide them and incoming units.
Private object Amici is located near the airport in Zokniai under Siauliai, in Northern Lithuania near the border with Latvia. In the Google map images, as well as in Latvia and Estonia, you can see a brand new runway and six more modular hangars. There are two transport planes and four f – 16 fighters of the Polish air force in the Parking lots.
The Pentagon says that as part of operation Atlantic Resolve, 80 tanks, 120 Bradleys combat vehicles, 15 Paladin self-propelled howitzers, 10 CH-47 Chinooks transport helicopters, 20 AH-64 Apaches attack helicopters and 50 Black Hawks were transferred to Europe in Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. In addition, another 1,500 trucks with various cargoes were delivered to Eastern Europe. However, most of the equipment is located in Poland and Germany, and it is transferred to the Baltic States for training.
Military exercises in Lithuania in 2020
Multilateral exercises of the air defense units of NATO countries "Legacy of Tobruk-2020" were held from September 14 to 25 in the territory of Siauliai, Kaunas and Vilnius counties. They were attended by 950 military personnel from Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia, the United States, France, the Czech Republic and Estonia, who arrived for maneuvers with their air defense systems, including the Patriot air defense system, which was first used in Lithuania in similar exercises in 2017. their main goal was to work out the interaction of units of nato allies in the implementation of established procedures for controlling the airspace and the use of air defense systems, and to increase readiness for the implementation of collective air defense scenarios.
Exercises in Lithuania in August 2020 Lithuania
Exercise "Griffin Strike" to test the combat skills acquired during the military service by the servicemen of the artillery battalion of the motorized infantry brigade "Zemaitia" were held from 1 to 14 August. As part of the maneuvers, the participants units marched from the Klaipeda region (western part of Lithuania) to the training site at the training ground in Pabrade, located in the east of the country near the border with White russia. During the events, live artillery fire was carried out, which, according to the representatives of the Ministry of Defense of Lithuania, were successful and received a positive assessment of the command.
Lithuanian military news for January 2020
* The Ministry of national defense intends to increase the number of armed forces by 25 percent in the next five years. According to the new structure of the armed forces of the Republic, which should be approved by 2024, by this period it can reach 26.85 thousand people, including up to 15.6 thousand professional military personnel. According to the Ministry of defense, 10,618 thousand people are currently serving in the Lithuanian armed forces.
* According to the Lithuanian military Department, in 2019 alone, 6,800 people were punished for trying to avoid serving in the army. As of July, 3,600 conscripts were wanted, and another 3,900 young Lithuanians were being investigated.
* According to the Minister of defense R. Karoblis, six military helicopters "black hawk" worth about 300 million euros, which
the Republic intends to buy in the United States, will be delivered without weapons. According to him, this will reduce the cost of the contract, since the helicopters are planned to be used for civilian, logistics and search and rescue functions, including support for the NATO air police mission. Lithuania plans to sign an agreement on the acquisition of black hawk by the end of 2020
and receive them by the end of 2024.
* According to the decision of the military departments of Lithuania and Poland, a bilateral Council of defense Ministers is established to address security issues. The first meeting of the new structure is scheduled for early 2020.
* According to the press service of the Ministry of defense, the Republic signed an agreement with the United States on the purchase of 200 American armored vehicles JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle) worth 145 million euros. The first cars should be delivered to Lithuania by the end of 2021, and the last-by 2024. This agreement also provides for an option for another
300 armored vehicles, since initially the United States wanted to sell 500 units of such vehicles to Lithuania.
December 2019 - AMERICAN STRATEGIC BOMBERS CONDUCT BOMBING NEAR THE BORDERS OF RUSSIA
Strategic bombers B-52N of the Air Force With the SHA conducted a training bombing as part of the military maneuvers of Lithuania and with the SHA at the training ground near the city of Kazlu Ruda.
Information about this was published on October 24 on the website of the Lithuanian army command.
Two B-52N bombers were involved in the exercise. To complete the mission, they were flown from Fairford Air Force base in the United Kingdom.
The planes were aimed at training targets (buildings and car columns) to strike from a height of 6 km with inert bombs. As noted in the message, they were destroyed.
"The aim of the exercise again demonstrated that Lithuania and the region in General are the object of attention of NATO and the United States, was to introduce new allies to the geographical territory, which in the event of a crisis, it will be necessary to provide air cover," – said the radio station "Inu RADIAS" the Minister of defence of Lithuania Raimundas Karoblis.
The aviation test site in Kazlu Ore of the Mariyampolsky district (the first such one in the Baltic States) is located at a distance of about 60 km from the border with the Kaliningrad region of Russia. It was handed over to the Lithuanian Armed Forces in 2018.
The facility, built with the participation of the engineering troops of the NE With SHA, meets the NATO standards for air destruction of ground targets.
It should be noted that such provocations are carried out by the US military not for the first time. In March of this year, a B-52N strategic bomber simulated a cruise missile strike on the Kaliningrad Region.
December 2019-NATO military exercises in Lithuania
The exercise "Iron Wolf-2019/2" with the participation of about 4 thousand military personnel from 11 countries of the North Atlantic Alliance and more than 1 thousand units of military equipment was held from 4 to 18 November in Lithuania. "The purpose of the maneuvers, which involve units of Lithuania, as well as personnel and equipment of NATO allies, is to work out the interaction of these forces and means for effective planning and execution of combat tasks," the report says. This event was the second part of the largest maneuvers for Lithuania this year. In June, the exercise "Iron Wolf-2019/1" was held, in which a similar number of personnel and equipment were involved. In addition to the Lithuanian military, military personnel from Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the United States, the Czech Republic and Estonia were involved in the maneuvers. Some of them are part of the NATO forward-based composite battalion stationed in Lithuania. The events were held at the training ground named after General Sylvester Zhukovsky in the district of Moscow. Pabrade (near the border with Belarus), where in October a tank battalion of the US Army consisting of 500 soldiers, 30 M1A2 Abrams tanks and 25 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles arrived.