The Defence Materiel Agency under the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania and the US Department of Defense have signed a letter of offer and acceptance for the procurement of 200 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs).
The new vehicles are expected to strengthen the capabilities of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, provide greater mobility, personnel protection and combat power. Lithuania will buy the JLTVs from the US Government.
Lithuania Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said: “The combat support JLTV acquisition project, which is implemented in cooperation with the United States Government, is one of the key elements in modernising and strengthening the Lithuanian Armed Forces and marks a qualitative leap in providing the armed forces with cutting-edge, combat-capable equipment.”
The all-terrain vehicles will be manufactured for the Lithuanian Armed Forces by US enterprise Oshkosh Defence.
The new JLTVs, featuring turrets and 12.7mm M2 QCB machine-guns, will be provided to battalions of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf and the Motorised Infantry Brigade Griffin as part of a strategy to strengthen the national rapid response forces.
The first all-terrain JLTVs are expected to be delivered to Lithuania in late 2021.
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The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence will allocate €145m for the purchase of JLTVs, equipment and weaponry complements, spare parts, personnel training, and sustainment in 2020-24.
According to the Defence Materiel Council of the Ministry of National Defence, the US-manufactured JLTVs met the price-performance ratio in 2017.
The vehicles will strengthen the car fleet of the corresponding type of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.
The JLTVs form a key part of the Lithuanian Armed Forces modernisation programme, which also includes procurement of the Vilkas / Boxer infantry fighting vehicles and the PZH 2000 self-propelled artillery systems.
US Embassy in Vilnius Chargé d’Affaires Marcus Micheli said: “This project crowns the long-standing partnership on strengthening the technical support in Lithuania’s combat readiness.
“We will continue the cooperation in order to ensure the success of these new opportunities in the decades to come.”