Lithuania’s Air Defenders Get 4th Generation MANPADS

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Lithuanian 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.

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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.

The RBS70 uses the latest Bolide missiles with an effective range of up to eight kilometers and a ceiling of five. The system’s most important feature is  its ability to use the Borc night-vision device, which helps destroy targets at night.

Next week, the soldiers will continue their training as part of a Latvian air defense battalion.

In late June, the Lithuanian soldiers will test the modernized RBS70 complexes during the Tobruq Legacy international air defense exercise in the Czech Republic.

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