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    Lithuania Purchases 168 German Armoured Personnel Carriers – Defense Ministry

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    Lithuania’s land force units have purchased 168 upgraded German M577 armoured personnel carriers, the country’s Defense Ministry said in a statement Wednesday.

    VILNIUS (Sputnik) — According to the ministry, the carriers are set to be delivered in several phases in 2017-2018, while the procurement also includes maintenance tools, spare parts and equipment for the crew.

    "The Lithuanian Armed Forces is buying command, indirect fire support, medical evacuation and training M577 armoured personnel carriers in good technical condition that will fill in the shortages of armoured vehicles in the Lithuanian Land Force," chief of the Logistic Support Command Lieutenant Colonel Ramunas Baronas said as quoted in the statement.

    The contract worth 1.6 million euros ($1.7 million) was signed in Vilnius earlier in the day.

    The country’s armed forces are currently using M113 armoured tracked vehicles, which are similar to M577 carriers.

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