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Representatives of the Ministry of National Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces observed Boxer infantry fighting vehicle prototype tests in Germany

2016-06-23
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On June 22 Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas and a delegation formed by representatives of the Ministry of National Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces observed tests of prototype Boxer infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) arranged by the ARTEC industrial group in Klietz training area, Germany.


"I appreciate the manufacturer's effort to demonstrate a prototype in operation in accordance with Lithuania's requirements ahead of signing an agreement," the Chief of Defence of Lithuania said.


A MoD Work Group will continue the procurement procedure by launching negotiations with the manufacturer in hope to agree on bilaterally beneficial conditions and sign a procurement contract as soon as this July.

Director General for Capabilities and Armaments of the Ministry of National Defence Colonel Darius Užkuraitis, Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Major General Almantas Leika, Commander of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf Colonel Mindaugas Steponavičius, and other Lithuanian representatives, observed the Boxer tests in Germany together with the Chief of Defence.

The demonstration was also attended by future users of the IFVs from the Lithuanian Land Force: commanders of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry and Grand Duchess Birutė Uhlan Battalions, and one soldier per each, who had the opportunity to fire test shots from mounted 7,62 mm machine-gun and 30 mm cannon at fixed and moving targets.


Also, representatives of Israel's RAFAEL demonstrated for the participants of the event the capacity of SPIKE missile launcher mounted on Samson Mk2 turret.


On 11 December 2015 the State Defence Council approved the quality-price ration of the German Artec manufacturer's (an industrial group formed by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles of Germany, and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Nederland of the Netherlands) Boxer IFVs to meet the needs of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.


To implement the acquisition of the Boxer infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) efficiently Lithuania joined Boxer Programme of the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR). Lithuania authorised OCCAR to assess the contract in detail, to supervise the execution of the project, and to provide expert assessment of the quality of the procured IFVs. As part of the Boxer Programme Lithuania will benefit from all the advantages offered: smaller development and maintenance costs, sharing technologies, and better interoperability with other participants of the programme. The overall cost also diminishes because large-scale orders are made jointly by several countries.

 

The first IFVs are expected to be delivered to the Lithuanian Armed Forces as early as next year. The vehicles will be used to equip two infantry battalions.


The IFV in the photos is a prototype version to be further developed by the manufacturer to meet Lithuania's needs to the maximum.


Credits: Ieva Budzeikaitė

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