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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Lithuania’s Air Defenders Get 4th Generation MANPADS

RBS-70Lithuanian air defense forces received the first batch of the 4th generation RBS70 missile systems with night vision devices, upgraded by the Swedish arms manufacturer SAAB Dynamics, media reported Friday, citing Defense Ministry sources in Vilnius.

Members of the Lithuanian Air Force’s air defense battalion are trained to use the upgraded system and will showcase their skills during an upcoming international air defense exercise in the Czech Republic.

"The RBS70 modernized missile system enables the battalion to destroy targets at night and at an increased range, and considerably strengthens the battalion’s combat power,” Major Maya Šimaitis, the battalion’s chief of staff, said.

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