Lithuanian border guards sign contract on surveillance system on border with Belarus

  • 2020-11-01
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – The Lithuanian State Border Guard Service (VSAT) said on Friday it has signed a contract on the installation of a surveillance system on a 111-kilometer strip of border with Belarus. 

The contract, worth over 7.185 million euros, was awarded to the Vilnius-based engineering solutions company Fima, the winning bidder, it said. 

The main part of the system will be installed in the so-called "Dieveniskes appendix", an area surrounded by Belarus from all sides. The project is expected to be completed by December 2021.

Once installed, the system will allow border guards to constantly monitor and record objects approaching or crossing the border and will transmit video materials to a stationary control center in Poskonys, a village in the appendix. 

Lithuania is responsible for almost 1,100 kilometers of the EU's external border. Its border guards currently use modern equipment to monitor about 56 percent of the border, including the country's entire 119-kilometer sea border, over 82 percent of the external border with Russia and about 37.5 percent of the border with Belarus, according to VSAT.