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Lithuania receives JLTVs and towed mortars, orders optical sights and radars

3rd January 2024 - 16:00 GMT | by Damian Kemp in London


Lithuania has received the last 50 JLTVs under a 2019 order. (Photo: Lithuania MND)

Lithuania has invested heavily in new equipment for air defence and its ground forces including recently signing an agreement with Sweden for short-range air-defence systems, additional NASAMS medium-range air defence systems and additional Saab RBS 70 air defence missiles.

Lithuania has ordered Thales GM200 MM/C multipurpose radar systems and Raytheon Elcan Optical Technologies optical sights as it has taken delivery of the last of the first batch of 200 Oshkosh Defence Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) and Expal 120mm 120-MX2-SM towed mortars.

The order for the Thales radars was announced on 3 January and is worth €126.7 million (US$138.3 million) with first systems expected to be delivered in 2026.

The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence (MND) said the purpose of the radars ‘is to determine the positions of the opponent's indirect fire systems according to the trajectory of

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Damian Kemp


Damian Kemp

Damian Kemp has worked in the defence media for 25 years covering military aircraft, defence …

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