Lithuania won a reduction of a third on the initial price of the Boxer armoured fighting vehicles it ordered, said Defence Minister Juozas Olekas on LRT programme Dėmesio centre. However, they were still the priciest option.
When Lithuania had huddled up under NATO’s wing, it felt more secure and even unconcerned as to where it would get more funding for its army or how it could modernize it. The events in Georgia and Ukraine, however, jolted the Baltic country out of its lethargy and forced it to look at how it can strengthen its armed forces.
The biggest military purchase in the history of the Lithuanian army will present plenty of opportunities to local entrepreneurs. After the Lithuanian government decided to open talks on acquiring almost one hundred German Boxer infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), negotiators say they will try to secure maintenance contracts for Lithuanian companies as part of the deal.
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