step towards war. there Lithuania You will buy eight M142 rocket launchers himars give her United State. The contract, said Defense Minister Arvidas Anushauskas, is expected to be signed by December. “The Americans are 90% assured that this will happen at the beginning of December,” he added. The contract covers a separate system, eight launchers and launch systems. When will they arrive? It is expected to be delivered in 2025. But in the meantime, Latvia and Estonia are also following the example of Vilnius, with each receiving six HIMARS systems.
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Lithuania is arming itself, and HIMARS missiles from the United States: budget
The Lithuanian government has increased the defense budget for this year by 148 million euros. According to Anušauskas, about 60 million euros of this amount will be allocated to the purchase of HIMARS systems. The additional funds will be used for the acquisition of JLTV armored off-road vehicles, medium-range radars and ammunition. HIMARS is installed on trucks carrying a container with six precision-guided missiles with a range of about 70 kilometers.
🇱🇹 Lithuania plans to purchase eight M142 HIMARS missile launchers from the United States. According to the Minister of Defense Tweet embedThe contract is expected to be signed by December.
– MOD Lithuanian (Lithuanian_MoD) October 10 2022
Supplies to Romania and Poland
The first batch of Himars has already been delivered in Romania (the contract covers 54 M142 in total), and soon the first 20 batches will be withdrawn from Poland (the order was officially submitted in February 2019). In addition, the State Department has already authorized the sale of six M142 launchers to Estonia (in July of this year), Ukraine (as part of US military aid) has received 16 launchers, and another 22 will be delivered in the coming months.
In the case of Lithuania, the M142 HIMARS order must be part of a major technical modernization program. Part of the funding may come from the United States’ military aid program. Currently, the core of the Lithuanian artillery consists of 21 PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers, delivered by Germany in 2015-2020. In June of this year, the Vilnius authorities signed a letter of intent paving the way for the order of eighteen CAESAR Mk II howitzers in France – so far there is no information available about the conclusion of an official contract on this issue.
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