Lithuania has signed an agreement with the Turkey to purchase the unmanned aerial vehicle Bayraktar TB2 strike drones to be supplied to the Ukrainian army to deter Russia’s aggression. Taking on his official Twitter account, Turkish Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anusauskas said, “Agreement was signed in Turkey today with the President of the Turkish Defence Agency prof. Ismail Demir on cooperation with the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania. This agreement paves the way for the purchase of Bayraktar.”
Lithuanian Deputy Defence Minister Vilius Semeska and the head of the Turkish Defence Industry Agency signed the deal for the acquisition of Turkish weapons. We have signed an agreement. This means a green light for further acquisitions at the political level,” Lithuanian Deputy Defence Minister Vilius Semeska told reporters in Vilnius. He furthermore added that that he had held discussions with the Turkish agency’s head not only for the acquisition of a Bayraktar with the money donated by the public, but also procurement of at least one drone system for the Lithuanian Armed Forces. As per the agreement at least six drones will be supplied including necessary equipment to operate them. Lithuania’s Defence Ministry had previously announced its plans to purchase US-made Switchblade combat drones. “These are not alternatives to each other,” he informed Delfi.
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