From April 25-27, 2018, the National Defense Foundation, in partnership with the Lithuanian Riflemen’s Union, organized the ‘Live Firing Show 2018.’ This event marked the first ever international live firing demonstration in the Baltic region.

The event attracted participants from well-known foreign and Lithuanian defense sector companies. These participants showcased their weaponry and equipment, highlighting the tactical and technical features to members of the National Defense apparatus, reserve members, the general public, and international guests.

The event saw participation from 17 representatives of foreign defense sector firms and was attended by 400 spectators from 20 different countries. The live demonstrations included a range of products such as anti-tank weapons, grenade launchers, ammunition, armored vehicles, sensors, radars, optics, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and various other forms of weaponry and equipment. These demonstrations provided an accurate and realistic portrayal of the equipment’s practical capabilities and potential uses.

The ‘Live Firing Show 2018’ generated significant international attention and involved the participation of 20 Lithuanian firms. These firms played crucial roles in preparing the shooting range, setting up targets, preparing obstacles for mobility tests, and providing logistics support including food, housing, construction, filming, transportation, security, and engineering expertise.

This event exemplifies the successful collaboration between governmental and non-governmental organizations, contributing to the security of the nation and the region without direct government investment. The event ultimately generated approximately half a million euros for Lithuania.

Special thanks go to the Lithuanian Armed Forces, the Ministry of National Defense, and the Lithuanian Riflemen’s Union for their substantial contributions and support in organizing this complex and sophisticated event. Further appreciation is extended to all the professional organizers and staff whose efforts were invaluable to the Republic of Lithuania.


Press coverage:

A link to the footage from the event:

Publications: International Conference and Live Firing Show’ 2018


Director COL(ret) Vaidotas Malinionis