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Individual weapons replacement

Replaces the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Steyr rifle with a new individual weapon.

Government approval

May 2014
Tender process approved to begin.

November 2015
Project Implementation Business Case is approved.

7 December 2015
Project is approved.


  • Lewis Machine & Tools Company Incorporated - delivery of Modular Assault Rifle System – Light (MARS-L), signed December 2015.
  • Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG) (Trijicon Incorporated USA), signed 18 December 2015.
  • Combat Torches (Quality Imports Limited New Zealand), signed 21 December 2015.
  • Combat torches have been delivered.
  • Deliveries of tranches one to four of the Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG) have been received and accepted. Delivery of remaining tranches will be completed by November 2016.
  • Factory acceptance testing of the first tranche of the individual weapon is complete with delivery expected in October 2016.
  • A contract has been issued for the manufacture of the replacement weapons racks.

Current status

Find out more about the Steyr rifle on the New Zealand Army website (external link) .

Contact: Richard Burn, Programme Director Land