The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense has announcement a procurement process to purchase unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for its armed forces.
The future order includes two models of drones, including 26 “mini” and nine “small” systems.
According to market analysis, the variants are expected to cost around €36 million ($36 million).
They will be used for target identification and tracking, terrain impact assessment, artillery fire monitoring and system adjustments.
The acquisition aims to provide reconnaissance assets to Lithuanian forces that meet Class 1 capability requirements (less than 150 kilograms/331 pounds).
“The acquisition of these systems will significantly improve Lithuanian military intelligence capabilities,” said the Lithuanian Minister of National Defense. Arvydas Anusauskas said.
“The Lithuanian Armed Forces currently do not have any tactical unmanned aircraft suitable for reconnaissance.”
The “mini” type weighs up to 20 kilograms (44 pounds), has a maximum range of 25 kilometers (16 miles) and can reach an altitude of one kilometer (0.6 miles).
The “small” type weighs over 20 kilograms and has a maximum range of 50 kilometers (31 miles) and an altitude of 1.5 kilometers (1 mile).
Buying Switchblade Drones in USA
Along with the potential purchase of UAVs, the Lithuanian government is planning a separate acquisition of combat drones from the United States to obtain AeroVironment Switchblade UAV.
“The Ministry of National Defense and the Lithuanian Armed Forces attach great importance to the acquisition and integration of new reconnaissance and warfare instruments aimed at improving the combat capabilities of the Lithuanian Armed Forces,” the ministry said. .