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Lithuania Acquires Dutch Geländewagens For Belarus Border

Secondhand Dutch Armed Forces GD 290 Geländewagens for the Lithuanian National Defence Volunteer Force [© Lithuanian MoND]

Former Dutch Armed Forces Geländewagens acquired by Lithuania have been issued to the National Defence Volunteer Force on the Belarus border.


Press Release, Vilnius, 17 December 2021: 125 Dutch all-terrain vehicles to be dedicated to the National Defence Volunteer Force service members guarding the border area with Belarus

Back in November the Defence Materiel Agency under the Ministry of National Defence signed a contract on acquisition of 356 items of second-hand military transport equipment from the Netherlands. As it has been agreed, the Netherlands Armed Forces will deliver to Lithuania 125 items of Mercedes-Benz GD 290 before the end of this year, most of the shipment will be given to National Defence Volunteer Force territorial units for state border guard operations. The volunteer troops are foreseen to ride the new purchase to serve in the border area with Belarus as soon as starting December 20.

“Our cooperation with the Netherlands Armed Forces is a long-standing and meaningful one. This contract will not only expand general-purpose Lithuanian Armed Forces capabilities but will also add efficiency to the patrols on the border area and response to the hybrid activity. At the same time, we are getting the equipment for the minimum price,” says Vice Minister of National Defence Vilius Semeška.

For the total sum of approx. EUR 6 million, the Netherlands Armed Forces will hand over the already used Mercedes-Benz GD 290 all-terrain vehicles, DAF trucks, trailers. The remaining part of the purchase – 165 Mercedes-Benz GD 290, 25 items of various DAF modifications, other equipment – will reach the Lithuanian Armed Forces in two parts next spring and autumn.

Library image from 2017 of a similar pre-owned Geländewagen in Lithuanian service [©Bob Morrison]

The Mercedes-Benz GD 290 has a high cross-country capability and reliability. The vehicles were first used in the Netherlands Armed Forces but they are in a good technical condition. The Lithuanian Armed Forces already operate 400 items of such vehicles, purchased from the Netherlands as well, so the equipment has been tested in training and in domestic support operations already. The Netherlands Armed Forces sold pre-used equipment, approx. 400 ATVs and approx. 200 DAF trucks, to Lithuania in the past as well.


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