Baltic and U.S. defense industries will get together in Vilnius

On Monday, August 28, a U.S.-Baltic Defense Industry Day event will take place in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, bringing together a wide range of experts and industry representatives, according to a release from the Latvian Ministry of Defense.

"At the event, the U.S. Department of Defense will inform participants about the possibilities of the Foreign Comparative Testing Program, as part of which foreign technology companies can receive support for the further development of their products, while covering gaps in U.S. capabilities. In addition, a panel discussion "Doing Business with the Department of Defense" will be held to discuss defense cooperation with the US government.

More than 20 participants from Latvian industry will take part in the event alongside their counterparts from Estonia, Lithuania and the U.S.

Latvia is one of the 28 countries that have concluded a Reciprocal Defense Procurement Agreement with the United States. This agreement provides a framework for communication between the participating countries on market access and procurement procedures, including facilitating the exchange of information on related legislation, regulations and administrative procedures for procurement, as well as improving market access in general.

The U.S.-Baltic Defense Industry Day has become an annual event. The last such event was held on October 26, 2022 in R–ga.

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