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DEFENCE TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | ISSUE 17 | FEB 2016
Dynamics European Land Systems Pi-
ranha 5 and Patria Armoured Modular
Vehicle. The Lithuanian Boxer IFV pro-
curement will be managed by OCCAR
(Organisation Conjointe de Co-opération
en matière d’ARmement).
A Boxer IFV was demonstrated in east-
ern Lithuania during late August-early
September 2015, with this vehicle being
equipped with a 30mm unmanned turret
as fitted to the German Puma tracked IFV.
However, the Lithuanian Boxer IFVs
may be fitted with the latest version of the
Elbit UT-30 30mm unmanned turret with
7.62mm co-axial machine gun. The vehi-
cles will also incorporate a turret-mount-
ed launcher for the Spike-LR anti-tank
guided weapon. DTR understands that
the vehicles will have seating for eight
Separately, Lithuania will this year re-
ceive the first of 21 PzH 2000 155mm
self-propelled howitzers from surplus
German Army stocks, with 16 of these to
be operational and the remainder used for
training and spare parts.
The LLF’s Iron Wolf mechanised infan-
try brigade will operate the PzH 2000,
with final deliveries scheduled for 2019.
See also ‘Lithuania trials Boxer IFV’ in the
October 2015 issue of DTR.
– Ian Bostock
The Lithuanian State Defence Council
has confirmed its selection of the Artec
Boxer 8x8 to fulfil the requirement for a
wheeled infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).
Announced on 11 December 2015,
84 Boxer IFVs will be procured plus
an additional four vehicles configured
for the command and control role. The
largest ever procurement for the Lithua-
nian Land Force (LLF), the total cost of
the Boxer IFV buy is reportedly around
€€400 million (AUD$616 million). First
deliveries are planned for 2017 with final
Lithuania confirms Boxer IFV choice
ABOVE: Boxer IFV on trials in Lithuania
during 2015. Production vehicles may be
fitted with the Elbit UT-30 unmanned turret
instead of the 30mm turret (pictured) from
the Puma IFV.
ABOVE: Sixteen US Air Force C-130J Super
Hercules prepared for take-off during a
2012 air mobility exercise. Image: USAF
The US Department of Defense has
awarded Lockheed Martin a second mul-
ti-year contract to deliver 78 C-130J Su-
per Hercules medium transport aircraft,
with the first 32 aircraft to begin delivery
The overall contract, worth US$5.3
billion (AUD$7.34 billion), provides Super
HC-130Js. Final deliveries are scheduled
Lockheed Martin provided 60 C-130Js
to the US Government through an in-
itial multi-year contract announced in
2003, which aircraft delivered between
– Staff Reporters
Additional Super Hercs for US
vehicles handed over by 2020.
According to a statement issued by
Artec, Boxer was selected ahead of
10 competing 8x8 designs, including
the General Dynamics Land Systems
Stryker infantry combat vehicle, General
Hercules aircraft to the US Air Force (30
MC-130Js, 13 HC-130Js and 29 C-130J-
30s) and the US Marine Corps (six KC-
130Js). Also through this contract, the US
Coast Guard has the option to acquire five
The Damen Shipyards Group has re-
ceived an order from the Royal Moroccan
Navy for five Interceptor 1503 vessels to
boost its anti-smuggling and anti-terror-
ism capabilities in territorial waters.
Featuring a composite hull construct-
ed of fibre reinforced plastic in an epoxy
resin matrix – a material known for high
Damen to supply interceptors
impact resistance and fatigue strength –
the Interceptor 1503 can reach speeds
of up to 60 knots conditions permitting.
Power is derived from three MDS VGT-
32 diesel engines, each driving a sepa-
rate stern drive.
The 14.6m vessels have a crew of six
and additional space in the cockpit for
search and rescue survivors.
The first vessel will be delivered to Mo-
rocco in June 2016, followed thereafter
by one vessel every six weeks.
– Staff Reporters
Rendering of the Interceptor 1503 on
order for the Royal Moroccan Navy.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE)
has ordered an undisclosed quantity
of Patria Armoured Modular Vehicles
(AMV), beating out other 8x8 designs
from Nexter (VBCI) and Otokar (Arma) .
The UAE currently possesses a small
number of AMV that were procured in
2008. These are fitted with the turret
from the Russian BMP-3 tracked infan-
try fighting vehicle.
The new UAE vehicles will be pro-
duced by Rozomak in Poland to a ‘very
tight schedule’, Mika Kari, president of
Patria’s Land business unit said in late
January. No timetable for first vehicle
deliveries was provided.
UAE selects AMV 8x8
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