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19 Sep 22. Slovenia to scrap Boxer deal, seek other armored vehicles. Soldiers of the German Bundeswehr exit a Boxer armored vehicle during an exercise in Munster, Germany, in February 2022. The Slovenian Ministry of Defence has announced the country’s government will cancel a deal to purchase 45 Boxer armored vehicles with related equipment and services for a total of €343.4m ($343m) from the intergovernmental Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR).
Ljubljana instead intends to seek other options to acquire eight-wheel-drive vehicles for its land forces, according to officials.
“By the end of the year, the ministry will prepare a solution to develop the capabilities of a medium battalion battle group and a medium combat reconnaissance battalion,” the ministry said in a statement.
The latest decision is based on the findings of an internal audit commissioned by Defense Minister Marjan Šarec last June after a new government took over power in Ljubljana.
“There is a trend to buy off-the-shelf vehicles, when you buy a vehicle, you put it on the road and drive it. You don’t buy a vehicle and have to buy this and that,” the minister told local broadcaster RTV Slovenija.
Šarec was referring to the Boxer’s selected specification which did not include all of the equipment required by the ministry in the vehicle’s tag price, according to the internal audit’s findings.
If Slovenia were to proceed with the purchase of 45 Boxers, the ministry would be forced to buy at least 24 more armored vehicles to ensure sufficient capacities for a medium battalion battle group, the defense minister said.
Slovenia’s 2020 defense white paper states that, under the country’s commitments to NATO, the first battalion battle group is to be established by 2027, and the second one by 2030.
Meanwhile, the ministry’s decision has been criticized by Matej Tonin, Šarec’s predecessor and currently an opposition lawmaker. Tonin tweeted on Sept. 18 “the Slovenian military has confirmed all the tactical-technical characteristics and configurations of the vehicle” selected by the previous Cabinet.
Similarly to a number of Eastern European allies, Slovenia accelerated its efforts to purchase new armored vehicles for its military following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine which began on Feb. 24.
(Source: Defense News Early Bird/Defense News)
16 Sep 22. Luxembourg Army to procure 80 CLRVs with NSPA support.
The Army seeks to replace protected response vehicles and high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles.
The Luxembourg Government has announced plans to purchase 80 command liaison and reconnaissance vehicles (CLRVs) for its Army through the Nato Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA).
Apart from enabling Luxembourg to acquire the vehicles, the NSPA will also support CLRV fleet life-cycle support requirements up to end-of-service-life.
The latest move seeks to replace the protected response vehicles and high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle fleet used by the Luxembourg Army.
NSPA general manager Stacy Cummings said: “Luxembourg had engaged NSPA to find the most efficient and effective solution to fulfil Luxembourg’s requirement for a modern ground fleet.
“The capability we have shaped in partnership with Luxembourg fully meets their requirements, in addition to providing interoperability with other Nato nations.”
With high ballistic and mine protection features, the multi-role CLRVs are expected to strengthen the operational capabilities of the country’s armed forces.
The vehicle will be equipped with a remote weapon station and mission equipment based on the French SCORPION programme.
This will enable Luxembourg soldiers to maintain interoperability with global partners.
CLRV’s mission equipment commonality with those used in Belgium and France will also allow cooperation in the field of logistics, reducing fleet support costs.
Luxembourg Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister François Bausch said: “With the support of the NSPA, the Luxembourg Defence will acquire new CLRVs, meeting the latest military standards.
“Three points were essential in this project. First and foremost, the security and protection of our troops during a mission.
“Secondly, to modernise our equipment and thus increase operational capabilities and thirdly, to ensure interoperability within the Army and with our close allies.”
In May this year, Luxembourg signed a letter of intent with the NSPA to support the development of a future surveillance capability. (Source: army-technology.com)
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