Lithuania is expecting to sign an agreement with the U.S. for the purchase of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles ( JLTV) by the end of this year, according to Giedrimas Jeglinskas, Vice-Minister of National Defence.
“With the U.S. Government lighting the green light for Lithuania to acquire 200 armored Joint Light Tactical Vehicles ( JLTV), we are moving to bilateral contract coordination. We intend to sign it before the end of this year, ”said Minister Jeglinskas.
The U.S. State Department has recently approved the sale of 500 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, woth an estimated $170.8 million, to Lithuania under the U.S. Foreign Military Sale (FMS) program. Lithuania is initially planning to procure 200 JLTVs but may decide to purchase more for the needs of its Armed Forces.
In February this year, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence submitted procurement applications to the U.S. Government concerning acquisition and maintenance of 200 JLTVs for its Armed Forces. The Ministry plans to allocate about $142 million euros for the acquisition and maintenance of JLTVs through 2020-2024.
Currently the Lithuanian Armed Forces uses HMMWV and Toyota Land Cruiser 200 armoured all-terrain vehicles. These new armored tactical vehicles will increase the mobility, security and combat power of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.
Lithuania is acquiring anti-aircraft missiles, turrets for combat vehicles, Javelin anti-tank systems, and other equipment from U.S. manufacturers, aside from the JLTVs.
Joint Light Tactical Vehicle ( JLTV)
Joint Light Tactical Vehicle ( JLTV) program is a United States military (specifically U.S. Army, USSOCOM, and U.S. Marine Corps) program to part-replace the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV, Humvee) fleet with a family of more survivable vehicles with greater payload.
Oshkosh’s L-ATV was selected as the winner of the JLTV program in August 2015 and awarded an initial production contract for up to 16,901 JLTVs.
The JLTV family now consists of three base vehicle platforms – Utility (JLTV-UTL), Close Combat Weapons Carrier (JLTV-CCWC) and General Purpose (JLTV-GP)- and four configurations based on specific Mission Packages – M1278 Heavy Guns Carrier – General Purpose (JLTV-GP), M1279 JLTV-UTL, M1280 JLTV-GP and M1281 JLTV-CCWC.
The U.S. Army approved the JLTV for full–rate production in June 2019 and the vehicle achieved initial operational capability (IOC) with the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) next month. The U.S. Navy and Air Force also plan to field JLTVs in much smaller quantities.