Lithuania delivers upgraded SA-6 surface-to-air missile systems to Angola

Lithuania’s LiTak-Tak facility has delivered an upgraded SA-6 surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems to the Angolan military.

The upgrade includes restoring the service life of the 2K12-ML standard by replacing 99% of old components. Thus, the 2K12-ML system now has new software for target processing and display. which enhances overall combat performance.

The Lithuanian-based company stated that the new 2K12-ML upgrade allows the system to operate in complex jamming environments, as well as the ability to target small and low-flying targets such as cruise missiles.

Although, the upgrade was designed by Ukraine’s Aerotechnica-MLT, which supplied upgrade kits to Lithuania. However, industry sources disclosed that the missiles and radar vehicles were acquired from Poland and Ukraine.

This is not the first time Angola is procuring modernized military equipment, according to a document signed by the President of Angola João Lawrence on January 2019, Angola planned to buy air defence systems worth USD $200 million from Belarus.

To support its numerous military procurement activities, the Angolan government has provided in the budget for 2019 the allocation of 1.65 billion euros for the defence sector, which is equivalent to 5.16% of all public spending planned for this year.

In August 2018, a Belarusian delegation visited Luanda, Angola, and discussed issues such as the creation of assembly lines, repair and maintenance of military equipment and anti-aircraft defences.

Patrick Kenyette

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