I blogged about the potential purchase of 88 Strykers by Lithuania before, GDLS put the price tag at just over 60 million for that purchase. Germany put the price tag at just over 420 million for 88 Boxer vehicles, with the addition of the Spike missile system.
So Lithuania made the easy decision, more bang for the buck and save about 200 million dollars in the process and announced the Boxer bid was the winner. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lithuania-defence-idUSKBN0TU1D920151211
But when you consider that the entire budget for Defense in Lithuania is around 450 million per year, purchasing 88 Boxer vehicles is a big expenditure.
But it looks like deficit spending on Lithuania’s part is becoming a matter of national, and possibly international concern: http://en.delfi.lt/lithuania/politics/opposition-leader-next-years-budget-will-ruin-lithuanias-reputation.d?id=69842992
The question, “how much of the deficit is made up of 88 Boxer vehicles” seems to be a valid question to ask right about now.