The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence’s Materiel Agency has signed a contract with the US Government to purchase 300 more joint light tactical vehicles (JLTVs).
The additional purchase will bring the total number of such vehicles ordered by the country for its armed forces to 500.
In 2019, Lithuania and the US Department of Defense signed a letter of offer and acceptance for the procurement of 200 JLTVs.
The €145m contract also included the purchase of equipment and weaponry complements, spare parts, personnel training and sustainment until 2024.
However, the value of the new deal has not been revealed.
Under the latest contract, the first batch of vehicles will be delivered to Lithuania in 2023 and the remaining through 2024, noted vice-minister Vilius Semeška.
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The modernised all-terrain vehicle features additional turrets and 12.7mm M2 QCB machine gun. It can accommodate a five-member crew along with arms.
According to the Lithuanian National Defence Ministry, the vehicles will strengthen the capabilities of the armed forces and also improve interoperability with US forces.
The JLTVs are expected to provide high crew protection, and help troops with effective reconnaissance, artillery and support operations.
The tactical vehicles, manufactured by US-based Oshkosh Defense, will serve Lithuanian Armed Forces’ Iron Wolf and Griffin brigades, and the nation’s Rapid Response Force.
Lithuanian National Defence Minister Arvydas Anušauskas said: “The additional procurement of 300 items of the joint light tactical vehicle from the US is one of the most important steps in the process of modernisation of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.
“Our military cooperation with the United States is expanding and we are capable of contributing to the security of the eastern flank of Nato together.
“This sends a strong signal to our allies that Lithuania not only assists Ukraine in its struggle with everything we have but also takes care to invest in its own defence and the defence of the whole alliance.”