Slovenia and Lithuania Confirm JLTV Initial Deliveries in 2021
Slovenia and Lithuania confirm JLTV initial deliveries in 2021
Although the economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic has forced European militaries to consider cancelling or delaying their acquisition programmes, both Slovenia and Lithuania have confirmed that initial deliveries of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) will take place as scheduled in 2021.
An Slovenian MoD spokesman explained to Shephard that original plans remain unchanged, with the Slovenian Armed Forces set to acquire nine platforms next year.
‘[The] COVID-19 crisis did not have any impact regarding the subject and the delivery plans,’ he pointed out.
As for Lithuania, a defence ministry source told Shephard that the Baltic republic anticipates no changes to the procurement and delivery schedule, adding: ‘We expect that the original plans will be maintained, and the first batch of the vehicles will be delivered to the Lithuanian Armed Forces at the end of 2021.’
Slovenia and Lithuania announced that their armed forces planned to acquire the JLTV in November 2018, according to Shephard Defence Insight.
In the same year, Slovenia signed a government-to-government agreement for the transfer of 38 JLTVs, which are expected to be delivered between 2021 and 2023.
In November 2019, Lithuania signed a contract for 200 vehicles. Earmarked for the Lithuanian Army and SF, the JLTVs will be delivered between late 2021 and 2024 in more than ten different configurations.
Under this deal, Lithuania can opt to procure an additional 300 vehicles, a decision on which is expected to be made in 2024.
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Montenegro is another Eastern European country that intends to equip its ground forces with the JLTV.
In November 2019, a FMS contract was signed for 67 vehicles. The deliveries under this agreement are scheduled to start in the second half of this year with the remainder following in 2021 and 2022.
The Montenegrin MoD had not provided information about its JLTV acquisition programme at the time of writing.
The JLTV is based on the Oshkosh Light Combat Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle (L-ATV) design. This light tactical platform is used by the USMC and the US Army. Since 2015, more than 7,500 JLTVs have been delivered to the US armed forces.
Oshkosh has applied advanced components and materials and a fully integrated systems engineering process to ensure the protection and the mobility of the JLTV.
This vehicle has a maximum speed of 120km/h and weighs 5.9-6.8t (depending on the variant).
It was designed with a crew protection system that absorbs and deflects blast energy and optimises the survivability against a full range of threats. It also has blast-protected seats, restraints and stowage.
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