The Ministry of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania has announced plans to sign a new contract for the procurement of Boxer infantry fighting vehicles (IFV), which will be assigned to the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

The decision to sign a contract was taken by the MoD Council on Defence Resources after it heard a report from the Infantry Fighting Vehicles Work Group regarding the acquisition of IFVs.

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles manufactures the Boxer in partnership with German defence contractor Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) under a bi-national programme, in which Rheinmetall owns a 64% stake.

The Boxer IFV variant is equipped with a LANCE 30mm two-man turret, and can accommodate a crew of nine people.

"The Boxer IFV variant is equipped with a LANCE 30mm two-man turret, and can accommodate a crew of nine people."

It can be used in a wide range of missions, Rheinmetall said in a statement.

In March, the six member states of the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) gave approval for Lithuania to join its Boxer Programme.

In addition to the IFV variant, Boxer is available in armoured personnel carrier, command post, ambulance, logistics / cargo, engineer group carrier, and battle damage repair models.

The vehicle is currently in service with the Lithuanian Land Force, the German Army and the Royal Netherlands Army.

Image: Boxer IFV has an ability to face different threats. Photo: courtesy of the Ministry of National Defence, Republic of Lithuania.