On January 14 – 18 the new acquisition of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, SPIKE anti-tank systems, were for the first time used at a by Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanized Infantry Battalion live-fire exercise at the Lithuanian Armed Forces General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area (Pabradė). The new weaponry was used on targets imitating tanks.
The SPIKE anti-tank systems are mounted onto another new acquisition of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Vilkas Infantry Fighting Vehicles, it is one of the three types of weaponry added to the IFVs. The SPIKE systems use guided missiles to destroy tanks at a distance that typically exceeds a tank effective range.
Two Land Force units are armed with the Vilkas IFVs: Algirdas Mechanized Infantry Battalion in Rukla and the Lithuanian Grand Duchess Birutė Uhlan Battalion in Alytus. The 88 IVFs contracted for with the manufacturer are equipped with 30mm cannons and 7.62mm machine-guns, besides the SPIKE anti-tank missiles. Designed according to Lithuanian Armed Forces requirements, the “Wolves” are currently one of the most cutting edge IFVs worldwide.