Riga, Nov. 21, 2019 The European Union (EU) and NATO member, Lithuania plans to acquire 200 armoured vehicles from the U.S. for 145 million euros (161 million dollars), the Ministry of Defence said in Vilnius on Thursday.
The all-terrain joint light tactical vehicle (JLTV) is being supplied by U.S. manufacturer Oshkosh.
Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis told journalists following the signing of the agreement, according to BNS news agency.
“The new tactical vehicles will strengthen the present capabilities of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, increase mobility, personnel protection and combat power,” said Karoblis.
They should be adapted to the requirements of the Lithuanian army and delivered by 2024.
The vehicles are to be used for defence purposes and should also be used for international missions.
The agreement provides for Lithuania to buy another 300 vehicles if needed.
According to Karoblis, this will be decided by the end of the first contract phase in 2024.
Lithuania borders on the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad and has concerns about its security given Russia’s alleged involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine and its annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.
Given the potential threat from Russia, the Baltic country is now massively upgrading its army.
Thursday’s major order is the second-largest defence contract in Lithuania’s history after the purchase of German armoured fighting vehicles of the type Boxer worth 385.6 million euros
(Edited by Fatima Sule/Emmanuel Yashim) (NAN)
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