VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania, which borders Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave, has signed a contract to get a permanent surface-to-air missile system within three years. Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis says the country has “started to fill in a major gap in our national defense system.”
Eirik Lie of Norway’s Kongsberg company said Lithuania had chosen its NASAMS system.
Kongsberg said deal for the mid-range air defense system, signed Thursday, was worth 109 million euros ($128 million).
Lithuania says delivery of the system is scheduled to be start next year and be complete by 2021.
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Like its Baltic neighbors, Vilnius is deeply concerned about Moscow’s military muscle in the region. Russia recently has deployed state-of-the-art Iskander missile systems in Kaliningrad with a range of up to 500 kilometers (310 miles).