Lithuania is planning to request the US for a possible procurement of light combat tactical all-terrain vehicles (L-ATVs).
The Lithuanian Defense Resource Council intends to purchase at least 200 L-ATVs manufactured by Oshkosh Defense.
The decision to invest in new vehicles was made after the Lithuanian Armed Forces identified a shortage of armoured ATVs.
The shortage was caused due to wear-and-tear of the current ATV fleet and the increased demand because of the armed forces enlargement.
Lithuania Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said: “At the Defence Resource Council session held in the end of last we week, we recognised the L-ATV as the best efficiency-price ratio and decided to open negotiations on procurement of these armoured all-terrain vehicles.”
The US-made L-ATVs were selected after conducting a rigorous research on relevant type of ATVs available in the market.
Prior to finalising Oshkosh’s vehicle, Lithuania shortlisted nine models based on efficiency, compatibility, maintenance, besides several other factors.
Oshkosh Defense demonstrated the capabilities of L-ATV at the Lithuanian Armed Forces Gaižiūnai Training Area for experts of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and other countries’ armed forces in October 2016.
Delivery of these vehicles is expected to begin in 2021, after receiving approval from the US Government.
The ATVs would play a key role in army mechanisation, which also includes the acquisition of Vilkas/Boxer infantry fighting vehicles.