Last weekend the Belgian government approved the acquisition of 322 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) from US-based Oshkosh Defense Company for the Belgian armed forces under a $160 million contract. The delivery of the first vehicles is expected in 2023.
The new JLTVs will replace Iveco LMV Lynxes. These vehicles will be used for command and liaison missions and will better protect personnel from mines and improvised explosive devices. The integration of a Remote Controlled Weapon Station, the FN DeFNder Light 7.62 from FN Herstal, is foreseen on 135 of the vehicles.
The Defence Blog website noted that two other European countries will also acquire new JLTVs. Montenegro, one of the first NATO allies to receive the vehicles, is buying 30, while Lithuania is to buy almost 200.