VILNIUS – Another 142 new Unimog U5000S trucks were handed over to the Lithuanian Armed Forces on Wednesday, the Defense Ministry said.
The brings to 340 the total number of such trucks delivered to the Armed Forces.
The trucks manufactured by Germany's Daimler AG were purchased under a 70-million-euro contract signed in 2015.
Lithuania acquired the trucks through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), which helped it save 18 million euros, the ministry said in a press release.
"The NATO agency can amass the requests from across NATO and carry out a large-scale acquisition, as a result, the price per unit was considerably lowered," it quoted Sigitas Dzekunskas, director of the Defense Materiel Agency under the Defense Ministry, as saying.
Unimog trucks are among the most used vehicles by the Lithuanian Armed Forces for routine tasks, logistical support and personnel transportation.
Given the high demand, Lithuania is planning to renew the contract and buy another 42 Unimog trucks for its Armed Forces, according to the press release.