Luxembourg announces major defence investment in new military vehicles

By Defence Industry Europe

On May 8, 2024, Luxembourg's Minister of Defence, Yuriko Backes, and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Steve Thull, unveiled a significant military acquisition during a press briefing, following discussions with the Defence Commission of the Chamber of Deputies. The government has authorized a substantial budget of €2.616 billion to fund the purchase and logistical support of new military vehicles over the next 30 years. This allocation represents the largest defence expenditure in Luxembourg's history.


The fleet enhancement includes 16 Griffon multi-role armoured vehicles (VBMR), 38 Jaguar armored reconnaissance and combat vehicles (EBRC), 5 Serval light multi-role armoured vehicles (VBMR-L), as well as numerous support and logistics vehicles, such as armored recovery vehicles and multi-logistic support trucks. The purchase aligns with the establishment of a new binational Belgian-Luxembourgian medium combat reconnaissance battalion by 2030.



Minister Backes emphasized that this initiative is crucial for Luxembourg to maintain its contributions to NATO and the EU’s collective defense efforts in an increasingly complex global security environment. The vehicles, similar to those currently used by the Belgian army, will ensure interoperability with Belgian and French forces, simplifying logistics and support.



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