The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence (MND) has announced the delivery of the second batch of 50 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) to Lithuania.

The JLTV is manufactured by US-based mission-critical vehicles and essential equipment manufacturer Oshkosh Defense.

The new units were shipped by the company from the Port of Baltimore, in the US.

The JLTV have already arrived at the Lithuanian Armed Forces Depot Service in Mumaičiai, Šiauliai, via the Port of Hamburg in Germany, this week. 

The joint light tactical vehicles are currently being assembled by Oshkosh Defense personnel at the Lithuanian Armed Forces depot.

The company representatives will also integrate the Objective Gunners Protection Kit turrets onto the vehicles to prepare them for operational use by the Lithuanian forces.

The new JLTVs will be assigned within the country’s national Rapid Response Force, under the Lithuanian Armed Forces’ Iron Wolf and Griffin Brigades battalions.

Lithuanian Defence Minister Arvydas Anušauskas said: “The Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS) installed in part of the JLTVs enables the gunner to control the heavy 12.7mm machine gun from inside the armoured vehicle.

“Daylight and thermal imaging cameras and a laser rangefinder multiply the efficiency of the powerful machine gun.”

The JLTVs are being procured by Lithuania as part of a deal signed between the Lithuanian MND’s Defence Materiel Agency and the US Department of Defense in November 2019.

The contract involves the delivery of 200 JLTVs to Lithuania. The initial tranche of 50 JLTVs was delivered to Lithuania in 2021 and is already in service with the armed forces.

The MND recently signed another contract to procure an additional 300 JLTVs for the military. Delivery of additional vehicles is expected by the end of 2025.