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As announced on its website by the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense, on April 19 Deputy Minister of National Defense Vilius Semeška and his delegation met with representatives of the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR ), the ARTEC consortium, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall in Munich to discuss new prospects for supplying Lithuania Boxer Infantry fighting vehicles.
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Lithuanian Army Vilkas IFV (Image source: Lithuanian MoD)


“Preparation for negotiations began at the beginning of this year and we are now in a position to discuss concrete amounts, value and deadlines for a possible order. It is a rational decision, and effective in terms of defense budget, to continue with the same platform of infantry fighting vehicles, “says V. Semeška. It was also developed taking into account the lessons of the war against Ukraine.

According to the Deputy Minister, the contract for a new batch of armored vehicles should be signed already this summer. The Lithuanian Armed Forces will be reinforced with more than 120 additional infantry fighting vehicles from the Boxer type. Part of them will be armed with a 30 mm cannon, and the other part with a 12.7 mm machine gun.


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Lithuanian Deputy Minister of National Defense Vilius Semeška and his delegation met with representatives of the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), the ARTEC consortium, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall in Munich to discuss new prospects for supplying Lithuania with Boxer infantry fighting vehicles. (Image source: Lithuanian Defense Ministry)


This negotiation follows an option in the contract for the first delivery of these VCIs. The contract for the supply of 88 Boxers to Lithuania was signed in August 2016 and amounts to 386 million euros. This contract provides for the supply of 84 wheeled infantry fighting vehicles and 4 command vehicles. They will be fielded in two motorized infantry battalions of the Iron Wolf Motorized Infantry Brigade, where they will replace the obsolete APC M113s. If the contract is signed, the delivery of a new batch of Vilkas infantry fighting vehicles will begin in late 2023 – early 2024.

The Vilkas already in service with the Lithuanian Armed Forces are equipped with an Israeli Samson Mk2 unmanned turret module from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, armed with a 30 mm Bushmaster II Mk44S automatic cannon and a connected 7-mm machine gun, 62 mm, and an Israeli Spike Missiles LR anti-armor, as well as with other specialized equipment and electronic systems. As part of the ongoing purchase, some Vilkas will be armed with a 30mm cannon and others with a remote-controlled weapon pod with a 12.7mm machine gun.

The implementation of the contract is supervised and implemented by the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) of which Lithuania is a member. The organization manages and implements purchases, represents member states in negotiations with manufacturers and later in the production of armaments. She oversees acquisitions of Boxer armored vehicles for Lithuania, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Like tweeted by the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense, a contract has already been signed for the construction of the Infantry Fighting Vehicle Workshop in Rukla, the largest workshop in Lithuania. It is planned to provide facilities for repair of armored vehicles, repair of equipment, technical inspection and painting facility.


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The Vilkas already in service with the Lithuanian army are equipped with an Israeli Samson Mk2 unmanned turret module from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, armed with a 30 mm Bushmaster II Mk44S automatic cannon and a connected 7-mm machine gun, 62mm, and an Israeli anti-armour Spike LR missile (Image source: Twitter)


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