Lithuania requests $599m sale of US Stryker infantry carrier vehicles


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The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of Stryker infantry carrier vehicles (ICV) to Lithuania.

Under the $599m sale, Lithuania has requested 84 M1126 Stryker ICVs and 84 M2 Flex machine guns.

Versions of the Stryker requested are equipped with an ATK 30mm cannon, an XM813 30mm cannon, or a remote weapon station.

The proposed package includes two AN / PRC-152 radios per vehicle, one AN / PSN-13 DAGR per vehicle, one VIC-3 per vehicle, and training aids / devices / simulators and simulations (TADSS).

Also included are translated technical manuals, laptops, foreign service representatives (FSRs), OCONUS vehicle deprocessing services, and technical assistance.

"The Stryker ICV system would provide manoeuvrability, speed, and firepower to the Lithuanian Land Forces."

The Stryker ICV system would provide manoeuvrability, speed, and firepower to the Lithuanian Land Forces, and enhance its ability to contribute to territorial defence and Nato operations.

The principal contractor for the sale has not been disclosed.

Manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems Canada, the Stryker is an eight-wheel drive armoured vehicle designed to provide infantrymen with enhanced protection and survivability from artillery fragments, roadside mines and improvised explosive devices.

The vehicle entered operational service in early 2001, and is available in eight variants, which include nuclear, biological, chemical reconnaissance vehicle, medical evacuation vehicle, and engineer squad vehicle, as well as anti-tank guided missile vehicles.


Image: Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle (M1126). Photo: courtesy of U.S. Army.