The Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Lithuania has announced its intention to sign a new contract for the purchase of Boxer Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV), which will be assigned to the Lithuanian Armed Forces.
The decision to sign a contract was taken by the MoD Defense Resources Board after hearing a report from the Infantry Fighting Vehicle Task Force regarding the procurement of IFVs.
Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles manufactures the Boxer in partnership with German defense contractor Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) under a binational program, in which Rheinmetall has a 64% stake.
The Boxer IFV variant is fitted with a two-man LANCE 30mm turret and can accommodate a crew of nine.
“The Boxer IFV variant is fitted with a two-man LANCE 30mm turret and can accommodate a crew of nine.”
It can be used in a wide range of missions, Rheinmetall said in a statement.
In March, the six member states of the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) gave their consent for Lithuania to join its Boxer programme.
In addition to the IFV variant, Boxer is available in Armored Personnel Carrier, Command Post, Ambulance, Logistics/Cargo, Engineer Group Carrier, and Battle Damage Repair models.
The vehicle is currently in service with the Lithuanian Army, the German Army and the Royal Netherlands Army.
Image: Boxer IFV has the ability to deal with different threats. Photo: Courtesy of Ministry of National Defence, Republic of Lithuania.