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Vilkas infantry Fighting Vehicles neutralised targets at Pabradė Training Area


On September 25 practical part of training crews of the new acquisition of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Vilkas Infantry Fighting Vehicles, at Gen Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė. Soldiers from different units of the Lithuanian Armed Forces were delivering first live fire of the Vilkas IFVs in Lithuania with their weapon systems - 7.62 mm guns and 30 mm MK-44S cannons.

"Soldiers were training to use the smart weaponry control system to the best effect and to destroy targets rapidly. As you can see, hitting level is high and the targets simulating armoured vehicles are completely disabled," head of the training event, expert with the Land Force Training Centre Master Sergeant Deivis Kurtinaitis said.

Aside from the 30mm cannon and machine-gun, Vilkas IFV also uses Spike anti-armour guided missiles. It will enable Vilkas IFV crews to neutralise adversary armoured equipment - tanks, infantry fighting vehicles at a distance which is too great for the adversary to engage in combat actions.

"These infantry fighting vehicles provide particularly good firepower capability for the battalion. Each of them can neutralise both manpower and equipment of a hostile force with exceptional precision, the vehicles also ensure proper protection to our infantry," Commander of Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion Major Rimas Čepononis said about Vilkas IFV capability.

The exercise included neutralisation of targets imitating both, infantry personnel and armoured equipment of a hostile force. The event was observed and advice provided by representatives of weaponry manufacturers from Germany and Israel and the live-fire part was arranged and conducted by experts of the Land Force Training Centre.

The Lithuanian Armed Forces received the first two of the 88 procured Infantry Fighting Vehicles in the beginning of July earlier this year after a year-long intense testing at training areas and testing centres in Germany and the Netherlands. When the rest of the IFVs are delivered, the Vilkas IFVs will be used to fully equip Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf units - Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion based in Rukla and the Grand Duchess Birutė Uhlan Battalion based in Alytus.

Vilkas IFVs have been made by a German manufacturer ARTEC, according to the requirements of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The vehicles have Israel-made turrets, U.S.-made 30 mm MK-44S cannons and Israeli-made Spike LR anti-tank missiles, other specialised equipment and electronic systems. According to the contract made in 2016 by Lithuania, the IFV manufacturer ARTEC, and the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR), all 88 Lithuanian purchased Vilkas IFVs will be delivered to the Lithuanian Armed Forces until late 2021. The combination of the Vilkas IFV firepower, manoeuvrability and crew protection meets the demands of the Lithuanian Armed Forces best in terms of national defence and international deployments.

Information by the Lithuanian Armed Forces

Photo credits: Sgt Spc Ieva Budzeikaitė 

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