Lithuania is shoring up their defense with the purchase of 84 M 1126 Strykers with ATK-made 30mm cannons, costing them an estimated $599 million.
Lithuania, which is a NATO country, received approval from the United States government amid speculation that the Russians now had enough firepower to overpower their neighbors to the west. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this potential sale just one week ago, although no principal contractor has been established as of yet.
"Lithuania's acquisition of the Stryker ICV system would represent a major advancement in capability for the Lithuanian Land Forces, filling a vital capability gap that is not currently addressed,"according to the DSCA.
This new request coincides with the eastern European country’s effort to increase their defense budget by thirty-three percent. Russia’s involvement in Ukraine has made everyone nearby a bit wary, causing a better-safe-than-sorry approach in terms of defense spending.
General Dynamics Land Systems stated at the Association of the US Army's annual convention that they are working to get rid of the .50-caliber machine guns and instead use a medium-caliber cannon on a portion of its Stryker fleet. GDLS officials predict the Army will eventually want to make this change to the entire fleet.
The Stryker weapon is named after two war heroes who were famous for saving the lives of other soldiers in World War II and the Vietnam War. The vehicle is now used to save the lives of warfighters in danger. The standout feature is the Double-V Hull, also known as the “gold standard of protection,” which effectively shields enemy threats. The eight-wheeled vehicle can reach speeds of sixty miles per hour over treacherous terrain. It also has 10 different configurations and 85% commonality across the entire fleet. Its unique combination of power, speed, and endurance help protect the fighting men of women of our country.
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