A batch of 53 multirole Peugeot Rifter vehicles have been transferred to the use of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The total procurement includes 235 of such vehicles and is worth almost EUR 6.5 million. 90 Peugeot Rifter vehicles have already been passed into possession of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and the remaining part will arrive at Lithuanian Armed Forces units in full by the end of the year.
Peugeot Rifter are intended for routine daily tasks: transportation of logistical personnel of Lithuanian Armed Forces units, such as suppliers, cargo and personnel, not during military training exercises. The vehicle is built to match the multipurpose requirements.
The make and the brand have been selected on the basis of the lowest price criterion during the public acquisition procedure. The procurement is processed by the Defence Materiel Agency under the MoD.
In addition, 34 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U5000 5-tonne capacity vehicles have been delivered to the Lithuanian Armed Forces as well.
The Daimler Trucks AG-manufactured military vehicles were bought as part of the ongoing Lithuanian Armed Forces modernization and as an effort to update the Lithuanian Armed Forces truck fleet. The Unimog U5000 trucks are used by troops to complete tasks, ensure logistical supply and transport personnel.
34 units of the planned 124 trucks have already been delivered to Lithuania on the basis of the contract signed by the Defence Materiel Agency under the MoD and German manufacturer Daimler Trucks AG with mediation of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency in 2021.
Photo credit: MoD, Lithuanian Armed Forces