Lithuania receives 50 JLTV armored vehicles
The Lithuanian Armed Forces will receive the second batch of American-made JLTV armored vehicles on Thursday.
Arvydas Anušauskas, Minister of Defense of Lithuania, reported about this.
This batch consists of 50 units of JLTV. The new armored vehicles will be an addition to the 50 armored vehicles of this type already used by the Lithuanian army.
“On the occasion of Army Day, our soldiers receive a substantial gift – on Thursday, the second batch of 50 JLTV armored vehicles will arrive in Lithuania. They will complement the 50 units already used by the army. This is how we become more mobile,” Anušauskas emphasized.
According to Lithuania’s Defense Minister, most of the new batch of armored army off-road vehicles will be equipped with the CROWS remote machine gun system, which will be armed with a large-caliber 12.7 mm machine gun.
“Daylight and thermal imaging cameras, along with a laser range finder, will make the powerful machine gun even more effective,” Anušauskas said.
Lithuania hopes that by 2025, the total number of these armored vehicles in the military will reach 500. This year, after the arrival of the second batch, the number of these armored vehicles in the Lithuanian army will reach 100 units. Another 250 American-made JLTVs are expected to arrive next year.
The intention to purchase American JLTV vehicles was first announced in 2017 when during tests in Lithuania, this particular model was ahead of nine other armored vehicles offered to the national military. In October of this year, it was reported that the Armed Forces of Lithuania would purchase additional 300 JLTVs.
The application for the purchase of JLTV was submitted by Lithuania to the USA at the end of February 2019.
The JLTV armored vehicle was developed as a highly mobile and armored tactical vehicle to replace the HMMWV.
The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program to develop a new military off-road vehicle was launched in the 2000s. According to its results, in August 2015, the L-ATV armored vehicle by Oshkosh Corporation was chosen.
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