LITHUANIA

 

Population
Defence budget 2010
GDP 2009
Land area
Capital
Life expectancy
Population growth rate
3.5 million
Euros 241 million (US$294 million)
Euros 27 billion (US$39 billion)
64,800 sq kms (24,923 sq miles)
Vilnius (Population 540,000)
72 years
0.2 per cent
 
 
Total Armed Forces  
Army (Land Forces)
 

Navy
Air Force
Joint Logistics Command
TRADOC (Training and Doctrine Command)

7,000 including about 4,500 active reserves National Defence Voluntary Forces (NDVF) and 200 - 300 conscripts
400 including about 100 conscripts
1,000 including about 150 conscripts
1,200 including about 150 conscripts
1,300 including about 450 conscripts

   

Conscripts generally serve for 12 months and there is a longer term plan to abolish conscription by 2014.

MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

The Special Forces Group which consists of a counter terrorist element, a marine element and a Jaeger Battalion are under the direct command of the Ministry of Defence.

On mobilisation both the Border Guard and the Special Police, normally under the command of the Ministry of the Interior become Ministry of Defence assets.

The Land Forces Commander is the Deputy Commander of the Armed Forces.

National Defence Voluntary Forces (NDVF) are under direct command of the Land Forces.

 

 

MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

 

Contact Details

 



 

Ministry of Defence
Totoriu 25/3
2600 Vilnius
Lithuania

Tel:  +370 2 624821
Fax: +370 2 226082
 


 

ARMY ORGANISATION

 

Land Forces Strength: approximately 7,000 including about 200 - 300 conscripts and 4,500 active reserves from the National Defence Voluntary Forces (NDVF)

In general terms and available for immediate operations are:

1 x Motorised Infantry Brigade
3 x Independent Battalions


LITHUANIAN LAND FORCES OUTLINE STRUCTURE

Lithuanian Land Forces outline structure

Notes:
(1) Lithuania is prepared to provide 1 x motorised infantry battalion (plus support elements) for international or alliance peace support operations.
(2) The country provides a contingent to the Polish led battlegroup in company with other contingents from Germany, Slovakia and Latvia.

Iron Wolf Motorised Infantry Brigade are as follows:

King Mindaugas Motorised Infantry Battalion
Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Motorised Infantry Battalion
Grand Duchess Birute Motorised Infantry Battalion
Lithuanian Grand Duke Kaestutis Motorised Infantry battalion
General Romualdas Artillery Battalion
Duke Vaidotsas Forward Support Battalion
Reconnaissance Company

Independent Units are as follows:

Jaegar Battalion (Special Forces Group)
Juozas Vitkus Engineer Battalion
Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas Staff Battalion

National Defence Voluntary Force units are as follows:

1st Territorial Unit NDVF (Dainava MD) Alytus
2nd Territorial Unit NDVF (Darius and Girenas MD) Kaunas
3rd Territorial Unit NDVF (Pemaieiai MD) Klaipeda
5th Territorial Unit NDVF (Vytis MD) Panevebys
6th Territorial Unit NDVF (Prisikelimas MD) Siauliai
8th Territorial Unit NDVF (Didbioji Kova MD) Vilnius
Aviation Unit NDVF, Vilnius
Butigeidis Dragoon Training Battalion NDVF

The above units total some 150 defence companies.

Expect the NDVF to have a total of about 4,500 personnel.
 


 

MAJOR ARMY EQUIPMENT

 

Reconnaissance (Recce) 11 x BRDM 2 (Wheeled)
Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) 100 x M-113 (Tracked)
  22 x BTR-60 (Wheeled)
  12 x Bv 206 (estimate in service)
  35 x HMMWV (various types and some with Javelin ATGW)
Towed Artillery 50 x 105 mm M-101 (estimate in service)
Mortars (Mor) 12 x 120 mm (estimate in service)
  40 x 82 mm ((estimate in service)
Anti-Tank (Atk) 30 x Javelin ATGW (estimate of launchers in service)
  250 x 84 mm Carl Gustav RL (estimate in service)
  400 x 90 mm PV-1110 RL
  400 x RPG-7 RL (estimate in service)
Low Level Air Defence (LLAD) 8 x Stinger (SAM)

 


 

NAVAL ORGANISATION

 

Navy Strength: approximately 400 including about 100 conscripts

Principal Units:

 

1 x Frigates
4 x Patrol Vessels
2 x Mine Warfare Vessels

 


 

LITHUANIAN NAVY OUTLINE STRUCTURE

 

Lithuanian Navy Outline Structure

Note:
The main naval base is at Klaipeda
 


 

MAJOR NAVAL EQUIPMENT

 

Frigates (FF) 1 x Grisha III (Light Frigate)
Patrol Craft (PC) 2 x Storm
  2 x SF 300 (ex Danish Flyvefisken 1 more on order)
Mine Countermeasures Vessels (MCMV) 2 x Suduvis (Coastal Mine Hunters)
Miscellaneous 1 x Vidar (logistics, support & research vessel)
  2 x Harbour Tugs/Cutters

 


 

AIR FORCE ORGANISATION

 

Air Force Strength: approximately 1,000 including about 150 conscripts.


LITHUANIAN AIR FORCE OUTLINE STRUCTURE


Lithuanian Air Force Outline Structure

Notes:
(1) Lithuania is part of the Baltic airspace surveillance network (BALTNET) which is a NATO regional organisation for airspace command and control. BALTNET has a Regional Air Surveillance and Coordination Centre (RASCC) at Kaarmelava, Lithuania with National Nodes in Latvia and Estonia.
(2) Lithuania has no combat aircraft and the air defence of Lithuanian airspace is the responsibility of the NATO Baltic Air Policing element.
 


 

MAJOR AIR FORCE EQUIPMENT

 

Transport (Tpt) 3 x C-27J Spartan
  1 x An-26RV
  2 x L-410
Training (Trg) 2 x L-39ZA Albatros
  4 x L-39C (probably inactive)
Helicopters (Hel) 2 x Mi-8MTV
  6 x Mi-8T
  1 x Mi-8PS
Low Level Air Defence 18 x 40 mm L/70 (AAA)
  21 x RBS-70 SAM (with Giraffe FCS)
National Defence Voluntary Forces
Transport (Tpt) 4 x An-2
Utility 1 x Piper PA-38 Tomahawk
  2 x PZL-104 Wilga
  1 x Yak-18T
Training 24 x Yak-52

JOINT LOGISTICS COMMAND

1,200 including about 150 conscripts manning the following units:

Logistic Support Battalion
Joint Medical Services
Equipment Department
Depot Services
Movement Control Centre
Mapping Centre
Garrison Support Services

TRAINING AND DOCTRINE COMMAND (TRADOC)

1,300 including about 300 conscripts supporting the following:

Elementary Training Regiment
Non-Commissioned Officer School
Central Training Area

CURRENT UNIT DEPLOYMENTS
(over platoon strength 30 personnel. These are approximate figures)

NATO (ISAF) Afghanistan    250
NATO (KFOR) Kosovo   35