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.
The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense has placed a request to acquire 200 Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) from the United States. “The US-Lithuania partnership is becoming closer
The Lithuanian Armed Forces recently signed a contract with Israeli company ELTA Systems Ltd for five gap-filler short-range air surveillance radars and logistic maintenance services. Two of the radars are bought to compensate for the negatives impact wind farms developed in Šilutė and Tauragė districts have on the ability of the Lithuanian Armed Forces air surveillance radars to detect and track air targets, the armed forces said in a press release Thursday
KONGSBERG today signed a contract worth 109 million euros ($128 million) with the Ministry of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania to supply a NASAMS (Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System) air defence system. The contract includes new additional equipment, training and integrated logistics support package, as well as refurbishment and integration of government supplied components for a complete NASAMS system, according to the company press release Thursday
The US military has stationed Patriot anti-aircraft missiles in Lithuania for military exercises for the first time. The weapons system was stationed in the small Baltic nation and NATO member for the Tobruq Legacy 2017 air defence military exercises, which will run July 11-22
The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense will buy six UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters for an estimated cost of €300 million ($335 million), a part of which will reportedly be paid by the US. The new choppers will replace the countrys obsolete, Soviet-era Mi-8 helicopters
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