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Lithuania and Germany Forge Ahead with New Defence Partnership

Lithuania and Germany Forge Ahead with New Defence Partnership

In a significant development on 16 April, Lithuania furthered its commitment to regional security and economic growth by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with German defence industry giant Rheinmetall. The agreement paves the way for a new munitions plant in Lithuania, marking a milestone in Lithuanian-German relations and bolstering Lithuania’s defence capabilities.

The signing ceremony was attended by key figures, including Aušrinė Armonaitė, Lithuania’s Minister of Economy and Innovation, Laurynas Kasčiūnas, Minister of National Defence, and Maximilian Froch, Director of Strategic Program Organization International, Rheinmetall AG. This collaboration not only strengthens the bond between the two nations but also signals Lithuania’s proactive stance in enhancing its military readiness and the security of the surrounding region.

The new facility will focus on the production of 155 mm ammunition, essential for modern artillery systems. Minister Armonaitė highlighted the strategic importance of the plant, stating that it would attract further investment into Lithuania’s burgeoning defence sector and reduce reliance on international munition supplies. This move is seen as a crucial step in ensuring the nation’s autonomy in defence logistics and readiness.

Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė stressed the urgency of the project amid ongoing regional tensions, noting, “While we want Ukraine to win as soon as possible, we are well aware that Russia will remain the biggest threat to Europe for a long time. Therefore, we need to invest as quickly as possible not only in proper military preparedness and societal resilience but also in the defence industry.” She described the Rheinmetall munitions plant as a “practical example” of Lithuania’s commitment to these goals. The plant is expected to have significant implications not only for Lithuania but also for Ukraine and the entire region.

Mr Froch echoed the sentiment of strong and lasting partnership, viewing the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding as the foundation for sustained cooperation that would benefit both parties and contribute to the stability and security of Europe.

As the project moves forward, the Lithuanian government has committed to facilitating the rapid development and operationalisation of the plant, ensuring it plays a pivotal role in the defence strategy of Lithuania and its allies. This initiative is a testament to Lithuania’s proactive approach in safeguarding its future and enhancing its strategic position on the European and global stage.