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US approves possible JLTV sale to Lithuania

02 September 2019
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The US State Department on 27 August 2019 approved the possible Foreign Military Sale of 500 JLTVs to Lithuania. Source: Lithuanian MND

The US State Department on 27 August approved the possible Foreign Military Sale of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) to Lithuania for an estimated USD170.8 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced in a news release the same day.

The agency said Lithuania requested 500 JLTVs in the M1278A1 heavy gun carrier configuration, as well as unspecified quantities of M153 Common Remote Weapon Stations (CROWS), MK-93 weapons mounts, and M2 12.7×99 mm heavy machine guns. The request also includes ballistic and blast protection kits, Boomerang III shot detection systems, stand-alone GPS kits, and training and related equipment, as well as technical and logistics support services.

The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence (MND) said on its website on 28 August that Lithuania plans to buy 200 JLTVs but more are foreseen if they are required by its armed forces.

Lithuanian Vice-Minister of National Defence Giedrimas Jeglinskas officially requested 200 JLTVs during a meeting with US Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord. The Lithuanian MND said on its website at the time that contract negotiations were expected to conclude in 2020, followed by first deliveries in 2021. However, the ministry said on its website on 28 August that contract negotiations are expected to conclude by the end of this year.

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