2019.10.30 12:56

Lithuania to sign second-biggest military purchase deal in November

BNS2019.10.30 12:56

Lithuania may sign a contract for purchasing almost 200 American JLTVs as early as November, Minister of Defence Raimundas Karoblis says.

He made the comment during a Wednesday meeting of the parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence which considered next year's defence budget.

“The signing of the contract will take place […] next month,” Karoblis said.

The value of the deal stands at 149 million euros, according to the minister. It is the second-biggest acquisition in the history of the Lithuanian military.

In 2017, Lithuania finalised a 386-million-euro deal for purchasing 88 German Boxers. The first armoured vehicles arrived last summer.

The JLTVs – Joint Light Tactical Vehicles – will be allocated to various units of the Lithuanian army.

The Lithuanian army now uses HMMWV and Toyota Land Cruiser 200 vehicles.