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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.

Current status

  • Combat torches have been delivered.
  • All Advanced Combat Optical Gunsights (ACOG) have been received and accepted.
  • Tranche 1 and 2 weapons have been delivered and accepted. Trance 3 weapons are in shipping to New Zealand from the manufacturer. Tranche 4 weapons will undergo their Factory Acceptance Test in June/July 2017.
  • Manufacture and delivery of the replacement weapon racks is occurring and will be completed in mid-2017.
  • Simulation requirements have been defined and a proposal is due mid-2017.

Current status

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

Contact: Richard Burn, Director Land Domain