Lithuania Gets First 2 Of Its Ordered 88 Boxer Infantry Fighting Vehicles

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Lithuania has received the first two out of 88 Boxer 8×8 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV), also known as “Vilkas.”

The country placed an order for four configurations of the IFV: command post, squad, platoon, and company commander from the German-Dutch manufacturer Artec in August 2016. The contract is worth nearly Euro 390 million ($435 million).

The IFVs are armed with Israeli-made turrets, 30 mm rapid-fire cannons and Spike LR anti-tank missiles. Powered by a 530 kW (720 HP) turbo-charged diesel engine, the Boxer has a top speed of over 100 km/h with a combat weight of 36.5 tons.

The remaining vehicles will be delivered to the army by the end of 2021, the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense said in a statement Tuesday.