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2019.07.09 15:50

Boxer IFVs officially handed over to Lithuanian military

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BNS2019.07.09 15:50

Boxer Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) have been officially presented and handed over to the Lithuanian army in Rukla, central Lithuania, on Tuesday.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of German consortium ARTEC and the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), as well as leadership of the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence and the Lithuanian military.

"It is a very important day for the Lithuanian army and the whole national defence system," said the Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis, adding that the acquisition is an important investment into Lithuania's military capabilities.

"It's a very important message to [our] allies and potential adversaries that we are realistic about our security, [will] respond adequately, and we are ready to defend ourselves," he said.

The German-made vehicles will be named Vilkas (Wolf) in Lithuania.

IFVs Vilkas have been made by ARTEC, according to the requirements of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The vehicles have Israel-made turrets, 30 mm MK-44S cannons and Spike LR anti-tank missiles, other specialized equipment and electronic systems.

According to the 385.6 million euros contract made in 2016 by Lithuania, all 88 purchased IFVs will be delivered to the Lithuanian Armed Forces by the end of 2021, with 15 to arrive by the end of 2019.

The IFVs will be delivered to units from the Geležinis Vilkas (Iron Wold) Brigade in Rukla and Alytus.