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    Post  Vladimir79 on Wed Aug 12, 2009 5:15 am

    Latvia bought minesweeper on a "pig in a poke"
    12.08.2009

    One of the items purchased Latvia used type Tripartite minesweepers was acquired without a formal technical documentation in Latvian or English on a "pig in a poke." According to Novo News, the Royal navy ship the Netherlands, Latvia, the Navy renamed the "Imants," was purchased for 580 thousand euros.

    The publication notes that the purchase of the ship meet the officials, who had neither the experience of such actions, nor sufficient knowledge of English and Latvian side plainly did not know what they were spending their money on. Sketchy facts have caused a scandal in the military departments - the investigation of the case will be a special investigation team, and the results will be forwarded to the Office to Combat and Prevent Corruption (KNAB).

    Ships Production 1970-1980's were purchased at a Latvian military staged payment terms from 2006 to 2012. They meet the requirements of NATO's European Union. Planned that three minesweepers in turn will form part of the NATO rapid reaction force, and others - used inside the country and participate in the EU.

    Nevertheless, at the end of June 2009 the Latvian media reported that the parties discussed the revision of the schedule of payment of ships, as well as the possibility of rejection of one of them.

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    Batlic countries face financial crunch on military spending

    Post  Vladimir79 on Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:55 pm

    When the economy collapses: joint defense spending as a way to raise the defense of Baltic States
    14.08.2009

    Probably, the inhabitants of the Baltic countries from the recent economic boom have some memories. However, only a few years ago the tiny former Soviet republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have developed the European rate, and they were called 'Baltic tiger'. However, once in 2007, their growth has reached peak, the situation has deteriorated to such an extent that today the economy of the Baltic region is in a state of free fall.

    The region suffered particularly severely from the global recession. GDP growth is measured double digits, at once went to negative. For example, in 2006, Estonian GDP grew by 11.8 per cent and this year is expected to decrease by as much as 13 percent. GDP growth in Latvia in 2005-2007. an average of more than 10 per cent. Meanwhile, in the second quarter of 2009, it declined by 19.6 percent. In January-left government of former Prime Minister Ivar Godmanis was forced to resign as a result of unrest in the capital Riga. Meanwhile, in Lithuania, only a few years ago, considered as a candidate for accession to the eurozone in 2009 is expected to decline in GDP for killing 19 per cent.

    Economic hardships struck the Baltic countries at a time when the state, representing the greatest threat to their territorial integrity and sovereignty, to re-demonstrate the effect in the region. Baltic States have embraced last year's war in Georgia as the bared teeth of the Russian military machine. In recent years, each of them felt the touch of 'emerging' Russia. In September 2005, crashed in Lithuania, the Russian Su-27, then were 'cyber-attacks' on Estonian government servers, allegedly organized by the Kremlin in response to the transfer of the monument to Red Army soldier from the capital Tallinn, and the construction of the Russian-German gas pipeline beneath the Baltic Sea, bypassing their territory.

    Baltic States painfully perceived Kremlin statements that Moscow would 'protect' all ethnic Russians (or the holders of Russian passports) living outside the country. After many years spent under the domination of Russia - first the tsarist empire, and then the Soviet Union - in all three countries, a large Russian minority. Therefore, Moscow's decision is evaluated as a direct threat. However, if the three countries have consistently expressed concern about the conduct of the Kremlin in recent years, their European Union partners, seeking to maintain positive relations with Moscow and Europe to provide access to Russian energy resources, often characterize their fears as paranoid.

    For the Baltic states, each of which, after re-gaining its independence from East to West, the inability or unwillingness of many European partners to see Russia in the same light, remains a cause for concern. Three countries that have established in Western structures, through membership in the EU and NATO might think now that, whether the lightning-like attack Russian armored armada of more than a statement of concern to Brussels. Of course, such a scenario remains unlikely, and, whatever their concerns, the airspace of the Baltic States are currently protected by a few squadrons of fighters, in turn provided by Member States of NATO.

    The fundamental problem for each of the Baltic States is the lack of sufficient capital to improving the defense capabilities through the acquisition of modern military equipment. As the Member States of NATO, they must spend on defense is not less than two percent of GDP a year. However, after the entry into NATO in 2004, none of these countries have not reached this level of investment in defense. The Defense Minister of Lithuania Rasa Yuknyavichene (Rasa Jukneviciene) notes that military spending in Lithuania in 2009 is about 1,01-1,03 per cent of projected GDP. The three countries together spent in 2008 for its armed forces to just over 1.5 billion dollars this year, each of them was forced to cut defense spending in relation to the recession.

    Such a low level of spending makes it difficult to purchase weapons systems and ground-based air, hindering the maintenance of normal post-acquisition. In general, the Baltic countries, which, in fact, had to build its armed forces from scratch after the withdrawal of Russian troops from the region in 1994, is seeking the means to defend itself. Anxiety in this regard has been less acute in the late 1990's, when Russian authorities have focused on the revival of battered country, but now it is once again led the agenda. An even more complicated situation is that in the last ten years, each of the Baltic States has seen its role in the creation of smaller, flexible forces that can play a niche role in NATO operations and to confront asymmetric threats. Although the role of territorial defense highlights of this day, it was seen as secondary, and membership in NATO, at least theoretically, was to liberate them from this burden.

    However, in light of the war in Georgia, the willingness of NATO to defend small countries on the periphery of Russia seems less obvious. Even the famous NATO's mission for the Protection of the Baltic air space of countries must come to an end. Calculated initially until 2018, it is likely to last at least until 2020 due to economic shocks faced by all three states.

    The Alliance is still convinced that the Baltic States should buy combat aircraft, to independently conduct air patrols. Because they do not have sufficient financial resources for such purchases, they have almost no choice but to pool their resources and jointly acquire 12 to 24 combat aircraft. However, before such a purchase, it may take more than one year since these countries are still far from out of the recession.

    In the absence of other options for sharing the cost of defense is for the Baltic countries, the best option to increase defense capabilities in the face of Russia, the firm intention to build influence in its former possessions. Mechanisms for cooperation among the three countries in the sphere of defense already in place: it is a joint Baltic naval squadron (BALTRON) and Baltic regional network of air monitoring (BALTNET). In addition, three countries have formed a joint Baltic battalion (BALTBAT) numbering 840 persons, which in the first half of 2010, will operate as part of a NATO Response Force (NATO Response Force). But the move must be achieved in the field of joint procurement.

    Obviously, the economic crisis has put the three Baltic States to the serious challenges. However, if seen as a chance and add to the political support from all three capitals, the Baltic region could be more strong and united in the defense than it has ever been since independence in 1991

    / Darling, Daniel (Daniel Darling), "The Faster Times", United States /

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    Latvia to stage 'retaliatory' military exercises in summer!

    Post  Russian Patriot on Mon Nov 02, 2009 11:32 pm

    Latvia to stage 'retaliatory' military exercises in summer
    RIA Novosti

    05:08 02/11/2009 RIGA, November 2 (RIA Novosti) - Latvia is to hold large-scale military exercises next summer, in response to the Russian-Belarusian strategic exercises, held in September, the Latvian TV3 channel reported.

    The TV channel quoted Latvian Defense Minister Imants Liegis as saying the decision to hold the drill was already taken, although it had not been yet set what military units would be involved.

    The Russian-Belarusian drill, called Zapad (West) 2009, was held on September 18-29, involving about 12,500 service personnel, 40 aircraft and 200 pieces of military equipment.

    The Russian Defense Ministry said the plan for the exercises, which was developed in the late 1990s in a bid to achieve greater political, economic and military integration between the two neighbors, was "purely defensive."

    However, the Baltic States expressed their concern over the drill. The Latvian defense minister claimed the exercise scenario concentrated on attacking the Baltic countries.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2009/11/mil-091102-rianovosti03.htm

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    Re: Baltic States Militaries

    Post  George1 on Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:10 pm

    Estonia’s Growing Demand for US Military Equipment ‘Organic, Logical’

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    Post  George1 on Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:29 am

    According to newspaper "Kommersant", the Lithuanian parliament today has decided the return of military draft

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    Post  George1 on Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:39 pm

    Germany sells to Lithuania 12 self-propelled howitzers PzH2000

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    Re: Baltic States Militaries

    Post  George1 on Fri May 15, 2015 8:54 pm

    Latvia Installs NATO Air Defense Radar System

    A long-range air surveillance radar has been installed in northwestern Latvia as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) air defense system, local media reported Friday.

    RIGA (Sputnik) – AN/TPS77, a mobile version of Lockheed Martin's AN/FPS-117 3D air search radar, has been installed some 115 miles west of Riga near the Baltic Sea port city of Ventspils. Its objective is to improve control over Latvian airspace, and that of other Baltic states, the Latvian newspaper Neatkariga Rita Avize reported.

    According to the outlet, identical radar systems have been installed in the eastern Latvian cities of Rezekne and Lielvarde, 147 and 33 miles southeast of Riga respectively, thus allowing the national armed forces to fully monitor the entire Latvian border.

    Latvian National Armed Forces Commander Raimonds Graube underscored the radars' importance, given the "growing military aircraft movement on the state border," as quoted by the newspaper.

    Latvia has been a NATO member since 2004 and is on track to spend the military alliance's benchmark 2 percent of GDP on military by 2020, the country's defense minister, Raimonds Vejonis, told Sputnik late last month.

    A decision to establish NATO's rotational presence in Eastern Europe and the Baltics was reached following the bloc's 2014 Wales summit.

    Vejonis also told Sputnik during a visit to Washington, DC that he plans to request a permanent NATO troop presence in the Baltics from US officials.

    Russia views a permanent NATO troop deployment in these countries to be a violation of a 25-year agreement precluding the alliance's advancement toward Russia's western borders.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150515/1022182556.html#ixzz3aEcRNXUU

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    Post  George1 on Sat Jun 06, 2015 1:52 am

    Lithuania has received the first helicopter Dauphin II



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    Re: Baltic States Militaries

    Post  George1 on Sat Jun 13, 2015 2:32 pm

    Lithuania’s Air Defenders Get 4th Generation MANPADS

    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.

    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.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150613/1023308415.html#ixzz3cwdTbK1j


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    Re: Baltic States Militaries

    Post  franco on Sat Jun 13, 2015 3:44 pm

    What are the armed forces of the Baltic States?

    Let's start with the "culprit" - Lithuania. The armed forces of the country is only about 12 thousand people, while they are equipped with military equipment is extremely scarce - in the army there is no tank, Latvians can "boast" the presence of 130 (according to some sources - up to 200) American M113A1 armored personnel carriers and about 100 units Artillery (M101 105mm cannon and 120mm mortars). Air Force of the country are represented exclusively transport and training aircraft and the Navy consists of 3 Danish patrol korableyFlyvefisken, one of which is equipped with anti-ship missiles Harpoon, a Norwegian patrol ship Storm, several minesweepers and supply ships. Air defense is virtually absent - presented exclusively man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) - that is, able to fight only with helicopters and attack aircraft.

    Next stop on Estonia. In total, the Estonian Army serves about 5,500 people. Equipment military equipment around the same level as that of Lithuania - about 130 armored vehicles of different types: the Finnish XA-180 and XA-188, Soviet BTR-80, etc. The number of cannon artillery and mortars more than Lithuania - to 334 units, they are also represented both Soviet and NATO samples. State Air Force and Air Defense same deplorable as that of Lithuania. Navy presents a patrol ship and 4 mine trawlers.

    And the last of the Baltic countries - Latvia. Army in numbers similar to the Estonian: about 5300 people. Latvia is the only Baltic country, which has tanks - third (!!!), the Soviet T-55, which have long been obsolete. It is true in the rest of depressing situation - at the moment there is not even in the army armored personnel carriers - just type Humvee military vehicles and Mercedes-Benz G-Class. However, in 2015, to begin delivery of the ordered 123 British armored reconnaissance vehicles CVR (T). Artillery is represented only 53 mortars. Air defense and air force about the same as the other two Baltic countries. Navy presented the 5th mine trawlers, 3rd Norwegian patrol boats Storm-klassen, equipped with light anti-ship missiles Penguin, 5th German patrol boats Skrunda, 8th patrol boat type KBV (Sweden).


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    Re: Baltic States Militaries

    Post  Prince Darling on Sat Jun 13, 2015 4:57 pm

    best defense for Baltic states, is completely tone down the Nazi marches and similar crap.

    These weapons purchases by small countries, is just throwing money out the window, as all modern hardware would be gone in 15 minutes in case of war with Russia, they also shouldnt count on NATO starting WW3 so they could continue to live in Freedom of having nazi marches. There are maybe 5-6 countries that would go for it, most of central and south europe would oppose military action 100%

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    Re: Baltic States Militaries

    Post  Werewolf on Sat Jun 13, 2015 6:27 pm

    All russia needs are 50 T-34-57 WW2 tanks and it can conquer all Latvia,Lithunia and Estonia. They do not face a challanger for no country that even has WW2 tanks. Even Congo is vastly superior in military strength then those 3 countries combined.

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    Re: Baltic States Militaries

    Post  GarryB on Sun Jun 14, 2015 2:34 am

    If the Russians continue to turn away from the west and look elsewhere for trade I think countries that produce modern stuff like South Korea and even Japan could really benefit.

    The west has pretty much cut Russia off from its traditional military markets in the east of Europe and with current sanctions they have done the same with a lot of non military products too... now Russians looking elsewhere for food imports as well as boosting domestic production in areas where there are shortfalls... I rather suspect the long term effects for Russias western neighbours who are currently towing the line of the west will get a bit of a shock when or if the sanctions are withdrawn and the Russians don't come rushing into Europe buying all the products they have been missing out on...

    These baltic countries are teaching the Russians to look elsewhere, so I hope they are not surprised when they do and don't look back.

    Will be amusing in 10-15 years time when Russia has adjusted to dealing in Asia and Africa and central and south america and Europe hasn't... China wants to rebuild the silk road to Europe, but it will be amusing when it is mainly used by unemployed Europeans going to Russia and then China looking for work...  Twisted Evil


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    Re: Baltic States Militaries

    Post  George1 on Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:55 am

    Lithuania will acquire Boxer armored vehicles



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    Re: Baltic States Militaries

    Post  Werewolf on Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:09 pm

    George1 wrote:Lithuania will acquire Boxer armored vehicles


    Wow that would boost Lithunias army hundredfold in capability.... the reason for that is pathetic, the military capabilities are virtually non existent.

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    Re: Baltic States Militaries

    Post  Walther von Oldenburg on Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:55 pm

    I wonder if we should even have this topic - thera are barely any armies to discuss - it's like discussing the army of Togo.

    Look - you can't have a good army without some spending - and only Finland maintains quite good army on a small budget ($2bln) - and it's a conscript army that maintains only cadre-strength units in peacetime.

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    Post  George1 on Mon Jul 13, 2015 10:02 pm

    Walther von Oldenburg wrote:I wonder if we should even have this topic - thera are barely any armies to discuss - it's like discussing the army of Togo.

    Look - you can't have a good army without some spending - and only Finland maintains quite good army on a small budget ($2bln) - and it's a conscript army that maintains only cadre-strength units in peacetime.

    thats why i merged all the threads concerning Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia military to one. I think is quite enough one for all 3 of them Smile


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    Re: Baltic States Militaries

    Post  George1 on Tue Jul 14, 2015 4:13 pm

    Latvia, Lithuania Mull Joint Air Defense Acquisition Program

    The Latvian and Lithuanian leaders considered the purchase of medium-range air defense systems.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Latvia and Lithuania are considering a joint air defense acquisition program, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said.

    On Monday, Lithuanian and Latvian presidents, Dalia Grybauskaite and Raimonds Vejonis, met in Vilnius.

    "We discussed issues related to strengthening military cooperation, including the joint acquisition of weaponry, especially air defense," Grybauskaite told at a joint press conference on Monday, quoted by the Baltic Times.

    The Lithuanian president did not provide more details on the plans, but said that joint purchasing would be cheaper and more beneficial.

    The Latvian leader added that the states were considering the purchase of medium-range air defense systems. Poland could also join the process, he suggested.

    In May, the defense ministers for Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania discussed plans to develop a joint air defense system.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150714/1024589650.html#ixzz3fsIr7IcD


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    Post  George1 on Wed Oct 07, 2015 11:35 pm

    Latvia buys three radars AN/TPS-77


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    Re: Baltic States Militaries

    Post  franco on Tue Jan 12, 2016 4:14 am

    Lithuanian commences formation of a second mechanized brigade. Should be complete by 2021;
    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/1675247.html

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    Re: Baltic States Militaries

    Post  KiloGolf on Wed Jan 13, 2016 1:13 pm

    franco wrote:Lithuanian commences formation of a second mechanized brigade. Should be complete by 2021;
    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/1675247.html

    With what MBTs and SPHs? Shocked
    Sounds like they call motorized = mechanized, which is just wrong.

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    The Baltic States: top 10 results of NATO membership

    Post  jonasvarnas on Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:14 pm

    On March 29, 2004 Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia joined NATO. It was a historic turning point for the defence policy and security of the whole region. The event marked not only a strategic, but also an emotional period in the transition and integration of the Baltic States into the Transatlantic community. Future in the framework of the organization seemed to be certain and cloudless. The declared aim of the joining the alliance was ensuring the regional and national security of the Baltic States. Even today Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania continue to perceive the alliance as the only factor for national stability and security and wait for further financial, military and political support.
    At the same time the leading NATO member states are getting more and more tired of the financial burden they bear in the organization helping the Baltic States. In the cause of time the geopolitical situation has dramatically changed. It forced all member states to revalue the role of the organization on the international arena and the place of each of them in the alliance. In the interview to the Washington Post's editorial board Donald Trump questioned the need for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which has formed the backbone of Western security policies since the Cold War. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/03/21/donald-trump-reveals-foreign-policy-team-in-meeting-with-the-washington-post/). The potential US president said that "we certainly can’t afford to do this anymore," Trump, adding later, "NATO is costing us a fortune, and yes, we’re protecting Europe with NATO, but we’re spending a lot of money."
    Does supporting the Baltic States really hesitate other NATO member countries? Do they see the results of such support or only frustration?
    On the other hand the Baltic States themselves haven't achieved the desired objectives as well.
    Here are top 10 results of NATO membership.
    1. NATO membership had to increase the regional and national security. But according to the new Military Strategy of the Republic of Lithuania (approved by the Minister of Defence on March 17) “the security situation of Lithuania has deteriorated, while Russia’s actions, undermining the rule-based European security architecture, pose the greatest threat to the security of Lithuania.” The document declares that the probability of conventional armed aggression against Lithuania or other NATO countries in the region is no longer a theoretical one and it may increase due to Russia’s growing military power and intention to use it.
    2. Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia should spend at least 2% of their GDP on defense. Only Estonia spent that much. Latvia and Lithuania are forced to increase allocations to defense to the detriment of other areas such as economic and social. It should be added that countries that were seriously hit by the European financial crises pay also large NATO membership fees.
    3. A direct consequence of redirection money from social to military sphere is the growth of social and political tensions inside the Baltic States. Numerous teachers' strikes in Lithuania last month have become an indicator of the instability and discontent of the population.
    4. The Baltic States turned to be the NATO firing range. They become the host nations for a huge number of military exercises and are forced to provide their territories for building military infrastructure, such as air fields and training grounds. Delfi.lt wrote on March 14 that Lithuania is planning to expand its training grounds in Pabradė and Gaižiūnai by cutting down some of the surrounding forests. (http://en.delfi.lt/corporate/lithuania-to-clear-forests-to-make-way-for-military-training-grounds.d?id=70680378) It doesn’t fit with the Lithuanian Environmental Protection Policy.
    5. The Baltic States are turning to the obsolete weapon storage area where foreign countries intend to keep their out-of-date military equipment.
    6. Another disappointing step was Lithuania's restoring mandatory service for young men. The country that is experiencing demographic problems will for sure face another wave of youth outflow from the country.
    7. NATO's militarization of the region led to the deformation of consciousness of youth and the substitution of such concept as “readiness to defend” on “willingness to kill”. The Baltic people who were always peace-loving nations are taught by foreign military instructors to be brutal and intransigent.
    8. The Baltic States in order to make their contribution and not to be a burden to the Alliance sent their soldiers to the crisis regions. Some of them didn't return, some of them returned wounded. Only during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan Estonia lost 9 soldiers, Latvia -3 and Lithuania - 1. What for?
    9. Being at the epicenter of the information war between two major powers - NATO and Russia - the Baltic States' population have been disoriented. Absolutely different points of view on modern geopolitical situation often make it impossible to see the truth and feel safe.
    10. As a result the Baltic States that were once looking for full NATO membership in reality have completely lost their independence in decision making and weakened their voice on international political arena by themselves.

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    Re: Baltic States Militaries

    Post  George1 on Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:05 pm

    It forum rule to introduce yourself first here

    http://www.russiadefence.net/f6-member-introductions-and-rules


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    Re: Baltic States Militaries

    Post  Militarov on Fri Apr 08, 2016 5:00 pm

    "Estonia looks for an unmanned advantage through DIBS programme

    Key Points:

    - Unmanned systems may act as force multipliers

    - DIBS will examine multiple CONOPS

    The Estonian Armed Forces is looking to capitalise on the potential force-multiplying effects brought by autonomous systems.

    Under the Digital Infantry Battalion Solution (DIBS) programme, Estonian unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) manufacturer MILREM is working with the Estonian National Defence College to develop concepts of operations (CONOPS) for the deployment of UGVs and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in support of battalion-level infantry missions. At the heart of the CONOPS developed will be MILREM's Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) UGV.

    The THeMIS base platform has a large central bay and features a modular architecture that enables it to be equipped with a variety of payloads and to offer a broad mission set. In direct combat roles these can include a remote weapon station (RWS) and an anti-tank configuration. Through support equipment fits, the system could feature a communications relay payload or those used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) tasks, including chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) contamination detection missions.



    It is also envisaged that the platform will be able to undertake demining, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), and engineering tasks, as well as medical evacuation, logistics, firefighting, and training roles. The DIBS requirement includes a number of characteristics that an operational platform will have to possess, notably a high level of autonomy, safe operation in electronic warfare environments, mobility in complicated terrain, a hybrid powerplant, as well as being affordable, among others.

    Three key areas will be examined as part of the DIBS programme. The first will involve an analysis of the perceived characteristics of the future battlefield and trends associated with technology development. This is intended to support the development of CONOPS, operational requirements, and system characteristics, without considering the limitations of today's technologies. A second aspect will see war-gaming scenarios - based on the earlier identified CONOPS - generated, and subsequent 'live' exercises - held in conjunction with the Estonian Armed Forces - and virtual scenarios played out, with the latter using the Virtual Battlespace and Joint Conflict and Tactical Simulation systems."


    Source: http://www.janes.com/article/59309/estonia-looks-for-an-unmanned-advantage-through-dibs-programme

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