Lithuania accepts Vilkas, becomes first country to mount 30mm gun on Boxer

Lithuania has completed acceptance of the Vilkas variant of the Boxer armored fighting vehicle, making Lithuania the first country to operate a Boxer vehicle mounted with a 30 mm gun, following a successful live-fire test on February 24, according to a press release from the Agency for Public Use . Equipment Cooperation (OCCAR).

Two battalions of the Iron Wolf Brigade of the Lithuanian Armed Forces were equipped with the new platform, as part of an OCCAR Boxer program that has so far delivered four different variants of the Boxer vehicle, delivering a total of 91 units to Lithuania.

The tradition follows an important one collective effort from Germany, the Netherlands, Lithuania and the UK, which overcame significant supply chain challenges over the past 24 months. ARTEC was first awarded a contract by OCCAR to deliver 88 Boxer vehicles to the Lithuanian Army in August 2016 for €385.6 million ($417.5 million) and delivered the first units of the order in December 2017 and first Boxer variant of Vilkas in July 2019.

“Today, the combat capability of the Iron Wolf brigade reinforced with Boxers vehicles meets the highest NATO standards and is of great importance for the security of Lithuania,” said Arvydas Anusauskas, Minister of National Defense of Lithuania.

The Boxer is an 8×8 multi-role armored vehicle with articulated armor that includes top-of-the-line protection, with the ability to fit future generations of armor through simple plate replacement.

A double-life hull made of high-hardness steel is intended to absorb critical blast deformation and design full shapes – away from mine blasts.

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After the UK and Germany signed the first Boxer contract in 1999 for an initial production of a next-generation armored vehicle, this partnership then expanded to include the Netherlands in 2001. The UK then left the program in 2003 to pursue a new national program for the Future Rapid Effect System (FRES), but rejoined the project in April 2018, ten months before the Boxer program delivered its 500th vehicle in February 2003.

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