First Two of IFV Received

First Two of IFV Received 30 June, 2019

Lithuania on 25 June, received its first two of 8x8 Boxer "Vilkas" Infantry Fighting Vehicles

(IFV). The vehicles will officially enter the inventory of the Lithuanian Armed Forces after

admission procedures.

The Vilkas IFV is a variant of Boxer armoured fighting vehicle developed by German

manufacturer 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 specialised equipment and electronic systems. The Vilkas will be used by the

Mechanised Infantry Brigade “Iron Wolf” units and the various infantry brigades.

In 2016, Lithuania sighed a €385.6 million contract with ARTEC and OCCAR for 88 Vilkas

IFVs. All 88 IFV are expected to be delivered to the Lithuanian Armed Forces by late 2021,

out of which 15 IFVs will be delivered this year. Lithuania, together with the Netherlands and

Germany, is a part of the IFV Boxer Supply and Maintenance Program of the NATO Support

and Procurement Agency (NSPA). It gives the possibility to use collective IFV spare parts

and central depots and repair capabilities for principal IFV systems, to receive technical and

engineer support, etc., when the IFVs are operated by the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

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