First Boxers to arrive in Lithuania in mid-Dec

Boxer IFV
Foto: KAM

The first two German Boxer infantry fighting vehicles purchased by Lithuania's Armed Forces will be delivered in mid-December, army officials said.

"They should arrive in the middle of December," Captain Gintautas Ciunis, spokesman for the army's Strategic Communications Department, told BNS last week.

The two vehicles will be intended for training, i.e., will not feature the turret.

Signed in August of 2016, the contract on acquisition of 88 Boxers from Germany is estimated at 386 million euros. Many of the vehicles will be infantry righting vehicles, featuring 30 mm turrets manufactured by an Israeli company.

Ciunis said Lithuania's Armed Forces was not aware how much of the money would go to Germany's ARTEC consortium and how much will end up with Israel's Rafael.

The next batch of Boxers should reach Lithuania in 2019, with all of the vehicles to be delivered by 2021.

The vehicles will be used to equip two of the Lithuanian army's battalions in Rukla and Alytus.

Source: BNS
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