As Russia developed its army power in Kaliningrad and its Western Army District and gains influence with its neighbor Belarus, Lithuania continues to make a great deal in the modernization of its protective abilities with plans to extend defense spending in upcoming years.
Spurred by Russia’s occupation of Crimea, Lithuania embarked on a bold modernization program for its army in 2014. By 2017, the nation had doubled its defense funding to over $800 million, which put it in the top 10 list of defense funders among NATO members, measured as a percentage of GDP. In 2016, for instance, the nation’s investments summed to one of the largest increases within the Alliance.
And while Lithuania reached the NATO-member commitment to investing 2% of its GDP on defense in 2018, it won’t halt there, with targets to spend 2.5% by 2030.
The nation further posted updates in 2018 in its acquisition procedure by standing up a brand new centralized system and defense resource company in command of procuring armaments and managing defense tasks with a goal of transparency.
As the total defense budget continues to increase, Lithuania is planning to invest 25% of it on modernization — a sum of €2.5 billion — to add the acquisition of weapons, equipment and the stockpiling of ammunition by 2022.
Lithuania has embarked on quite a lot of big modernization tasks.
The current scope of the IFV mission is to field two mechanized army battalions’ worth of the autos; however, the nation’s ambition is to field IFVs to all the brigade.
The Boxers are intended to exchange the armed force’s M113 shielded personnel carriers.