International NATO maneuvers Fire Thunder with the participation of the self-propelled 155-millimeter howitzers of the U.S. armed forces the m109a6 Paladin were started in Lithuania, informed the defense Ministry of the Baltic Republic.
The training will last Until 24 April, BelTA news Agency.
in the maneuvers, which are held on 2 grounds - under the Klaipeda and in Pabrade, involved about 450 soldiers from Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and the USA. As noted by the Ministry of defence every year in the teachings of the " Flaming thunder ", which is offered for the third time, participate more allies." the first time American partners arrived in Lithuania with self-propelled guns. For Lithuanian soldiers joint combat operations with them will be a new experience ", - stressed in the Ministry of defence. In Lithuania delivered four self-propelled guns. The crew of the Paladin howitzers ninth generation (firing range of up To 30 km) consists of six members - commander, gunner, assistant gunner, the driver and 2 loaders. Remember last week in the Lithuanian polygon Pabrade completed a two-day field Exercises with live tank firing stationed in the Republic of units of the United States army. We emphasize that the division of the military might of Estonia on the first day of the week also started tactical maneuvers with the participation of the U.S. air force. In addition, at the end of March from Estonia began a March U.S. military branches in Germany. In the process of the March with the name "Dragoon check out" a length of 1,700 km connected to military units, based in the Baltic States and Poland. Along the way you stop with a demonstration of military equipment For the inhabitants of the countries through which the troops have passed. Prior to that, in connection with the situation around Ukraine, NATO has adopted a number of measures that the Alliance explains the need to ensure the security of the allies. So, were strengthened mission air patrol in the Baltic countries, the aircraft with radar equipment make regular flights over Poland and Romania, introduced additional NATO ships in the Baltic and Mediterranean seas.