VILNIUS – Lithuania's Defense Ministry will buy multifunctional artillery radar systems Thales GM200 MM/C from Dutch company Thales Nederland, the ministry said on Wednesday.
"The artillery radar systems to be purchased by Lithuania will significantly strengthen artillery capabilities," Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas said, adding that the aim of these radars is to identify the positions of the enemy's indirect fire systems based on the trajectory of the projectiles fired and to ensure a rapid response to enemy fire.
"This is a very important purchase," the minister underlined.
The agreement signed between the Defense Ministries of Lithuania and the Netherlands also provides for cooperation in the field of multifunction radar support. The possible participation of the Lithuanian defense industry in similar projects is also under discussion.
The project is worth 126.7 million euros and it also includes a logistics package that covers technical documentation, the training of operators and maintenance personnel, the initial spare parts package, special tool kit and test equipment.
The first radar systems are expected to be delivered to Lithuania by 2026.
Thales GM200 MM/C artillery radar systems have been developed in cooperation with the Dutch Armed Forces as a multifunctional system so that they can be used both for air surveillance and can also be integrated into air defense systems, if required.
Thales GM200 MM/C systems have been purchased by the Dutch and Norwegian armies.