US has deployed MIM-104 Patriot missile system in Lithuania for the first time

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On July 10 the United States of America is for the first deploying MIM-104 Patriot long-range missile system in Lithuania. The deployment demonstrates the steadfast U.S. commitment to the security of Lithuania and its high readiness to send strategic capabilities to the region.

That was reported by Ministry of National Defence Republic of Lithuania.

According to the ministry, the Patriot will be used along with Lithuanian and other NATO members’ air defense systems during Tobruq Legacy 2017 drills.

“National Exercise Vigilant Falcon 2017 in Lithuania will be an integral part of Tobruq Legacy 2017. The exercise will enhance interoperability and command and control procedures among units of the Lithuanian Air Force,” the statement adds.

Tobruq Legacy 2017 will be held in Lithuania on July 11-22, involving some 500 servicemen and 30 air defense systems from Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

The MIM-104 Patriot is a surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, the primary of its kind used by the United States Army and several allied nations. It is manufactured by the U.S. defense contractor Raytheon and derives its name from the radar component of the weapon system.

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