Lithuania buys custom IFVs – 30mm Mk44S gun, Spike ATGMs, Mk2 turret

VILNIUS, ($1=0.92 Euros) — The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense has started negotiations for the purchase of another batch of Boxer IFVs [infantry fighting vehicle]. The number of purchased machines will be over 120 cars, has learned, citing Defense24.

Lithuania buys custom IFVs - 30mm Mk44S gun, Spike ATGMs, Mk2 turret
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The start of negotiations is a consequence of an option in the contract for the first delivery of these wheeled infantry vehicles. The contract for the supply of 88 wheeled armored personnel carriers Boxer for Lithuania was signed in August 2016 and is worth 386 million euros.

The contract provides for the supply of 84 wheeled infantry fighting vehicles and 4 command vehicles. These machines will be used by two motorized infantry battalions from the Iron Wolf motorized infantry brigade, where they will replace the obsolete M113 armored personnel carriers.

Vilkas, the local version of Boxer, was adapted to the requirements of the Lithuanian army, which primarily concerned the tower itself. This vehicle received the Israeli Samson Mk2 unmanned turret module from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, armed with a 30 mm Bushmaster II Mk44S automatic cannon and a connected 7.62 mm machine gun.

An additional anti-tank weapon is the Spike-LR anti-tank missile launcher. As part of the current purchase, some will be armed with 30 mm guns and others with remotely controlled weapon modules with 12.7 mm machine guns.


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