On September 26 the Lithuanian Armed Forces have taken delivery of 110 Unimog U5000 trucks of 5t payload manufactured by Germany’s Daimler AG as it is updating its truck fleet with vehicles of the same make as there already are in the fleet. The trucks are delivered on the basis of a contract signed back in 2015 though continuing successful cooperation of the Ministry of National Defence and the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). The value of the contract in total is EUR 70 million.
The tactical vehicles are deployed into service with the Lithuanian Land Force and other units. They are used to supplement equipment fleets with the same technical characteristics that Lithuania’s army troops are already familiar with. Manufactured by German company Daimler, Unimog U5000 vehicles have a permissible load capacity of 5t. The trucks are designed with a flexible frame concept for high body rigidity on the road and high torsional flexibility for off-road applications. They also feature an all-wheel drive (AWD) capability with differential locks at both axles, and portal axles to ensure ground clearance.
88 such trucks have already been delivered to the Lithuanian Armed Forces; the contract covers acquisition of the total of 340 new Unimog trucks. In 2015, the Lithuanian Armed Forces signed an agreement with Daimler for the procurement of 340 Unimog trucks in order to upgrade its vehicle fleet. The contract also included provision for logistical support over the first 15 years of operation, in addition to the delivery of specialised tools and testing equipment.