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.