Lithuania plans to buy Boxer armoured fighting vehicles from Germany, the spokesman for the Lithuanian chief of defence confirmed to BNS on Thursday, adding that the proposal would be submitted to the State Defence Council.
“Boxer armoured vehicles have been chosen. We will propose to the State Defence Council to sign the deal,” Captain Mindaugas Neimontas told BNS. Meanwhile President Dalia Grybauskaitė’s representatives said she would not call a meeting of the council for individual contracts. “The Council approved the guidelines for the acquisition of weaponry and equipment in April.
A meeting of the Council regarding specific contracts will not be held,” the Press Service of the President informed BNS. The details of the deal have not been revealed yet. But the lrytas.lt news website reports that the vehicles would be purchased from the German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann.
It will be Lithuania’s second military purchase from Germany. In May, the country’s Ministry of National Defence said it had reached agreement with Germany on the acquisition of 16 howitzers Pzh2000.
Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas said on Thursday that no decision on the purchase of German armoured vehicles was made yet. “There’s been no decision made yet,” the minister told journalists.