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Lithuania acquires Sitaware Frontline for Boxer IFVs

10 August 2018
The Lithuanian Land Force ‘Vilkas’ infantry fighting vehicle will be equipped with the Sitaware Frontline software. Source: Leva Budzeikaite/Lithuanian Land Force

Systematic’s Sitaware Frontline command-and-control (C2) software is to be integrated onto the Lithuanian Land Force’s future armoured combat vehicles, the company announced on 8 August.

Sitaware Frontline will be installed aboard the Land Force’s 8x8 Boxer infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) variants. The vehicles – known as ‘Vilkas’, or ‘Wolf’, in Lithuanian service – will be delivered in four configurations: command post, squad, platoon, and company commander. A total of 88 platforms are being procured from the ARTEC group, alongside trainers, with the vehicles being delivered up to 2021.

According to the company, the software provides friendly-force tracking information and an automatically updated situational awareness picture that includes disposition of forces, danger areas, points of interest, and intelligence on an enemy. It also includes tactical chat, support for high-performance mapping, and the ability to make and display plans on a touch screen interface, the company stated.

Sitaware Frontline has been tested on the Boxer platform with vehicle manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), part of the ARTEC group with Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles in Germany and Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Nederland.

“The Sitaware suite is already in service with the Lithuanian Land Forces, and the addition of Frontline to its latest IFVs will provide advanced C2 capabilities,” said Merja Annala, president of Systematic Oy Finland.

“Frontline addresses real-world challenges and has been designed by and for commanders operating in challenging environments, where a clear operational picture with rapid updates of friendly-force tracking is absolutely essential,” Annala added. “It has also been built with deployment and in-theatre management in mind.”

The Vilkas vehicles are a step change in the modernisation of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, said Land Forces spokesperson, Captain Donatas Suchockis.

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