Today, the Lithuanian military took delivery of a $24 million equipment package, including radio equipment that will improve force communications in the field and ground-to-air transmissions, such as calling for precision NATO air strikes. The equipment was purchased with U.S. European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) and other foreign assistance funds.
Article 3 of the Washington Treaty calls on all Allies “separately and jointly, by means of continuous and effective self-help and mutual aid” to maintain and develop their individual and collective capacity to resist an armed attack.
“Lithuania’s decision to strengthen their land force and ground to air communications is an example of delivering on their national responsibility for self-defense, embedded in Article 3 of the NATO Treaty,” said Ambassador Lute, U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO. “The use of ERI funds to help secure the radio equipment demonstrates the continued commitment of the United States to helping strengthen our Allies’ ability to address new and emerging threats along NATO’s borders.”