Weaponry of the New Zealand Army
|NZLAV||Canada||Infantry Fighting Vehicle||105||105 NZLAVs, Including 95 Infantry Mobility Vehicle (IMV), 7 Light Obstacle Blade Vehicle (LOB) and 3 Recovery Vehicle (LAV-R).The New Zealand armed forces purchased 105 LAV of which 102 were standard vehicles and 3 were redesigned for recovery.|
|Pinzgauer High-Mobility All-Terrain Vehicle||Germany||All-wheel drive vehicle||352||The New Zealand Army has purchased 321 Pinzgauer vehicles in 8 variants to fulfill the Light Operational Vehicle (LOV) role.|
- U1700 Unimog trucks
- MAN HX77 Medium and Heavy trucks
- Supacat HMT (NZSAS)
|L118 light gun||United Kingdom||105 mm Towed field gun||24|
Assault rifles and carbines
|F88 Austeyr|| Austria
|Bullpup assault rifle||5.56×45mm NATO||Used from 1988 until 2017. The first 5,000 weapons delivered were manufactured in Austria by Steyr Daimler Puch. The majority of weapons now in service are the Australian ADI-made Austeyr F88 variant. It is called the IW Steyr (Individual Weapon Steyr) in service of the New Zealand Defence Force. On 12 August 2015 it was announced the Lewis Machine Tools 5.56 mm MARS-L will replace the Steyr AUG after concerns about its performance in Afghanistan.|
|M4 carbine||United States||Carbine||5.56×45mm NATO||Used by NZSAS operators and standard issue to New Zealand Police including Special Tactics Group and Armed Offenders Squad units.|
|LMT MARS-L||United States||Assault rifle||5.56×45mm NATO||Adopted in 2015 to replace the Steyr AUG as the standard service rifle of the New Zealand Army. This Weapon comes in 2 different barrel lengths and can take many modular attachments hence the name given by the NZDF to this rifle the Modular Assault Rifle System - Light (this is the same with LMT's own MARS-L, but is referred as the Modular Ambidextrous Rifle System - Light instead for it's US civilian models). Most recent design upgrade with enhanced features based on the AR-15/M4/M-16 family of firearms.|
|Accuracy International Arctic Warfare||United Kingdom||Bolt action sniper rifle||7.62×51mm|||
|LMT 308 MWS||United States||Anti-materiel rifle||7.62×51mm NATO||The New Zealand Army adopted the rifle in October 2011. It differs from its UK counterpart in the use of a Leupold adjustable 4.5-14× scope, canted iron sights and a foldable foregrip.|
|Barrett M107A1||United States||Anti-materiel Sniper Rifle||.50 BMG||A semi-automatic sniper and anti-materiel rifle chambered in .50 BMG. M107A1 to be introduced in 2018 |
|Maximi||Belgium||Light machine gun||7.62×51mm NATO||The New Zealand Defence Force uses the Minimi under the designation C9 Minimi. This gun has been used as the Army's Light Support Weapon (LSW) since 1988. The 7.62 Minimi TR was selected in Feb 2012 to replace the C9 LSW Minimi and will be known as the 7.62 LSW Minimi in NZDF service.|
|FN MAG 58||Belgium||General-purpose machine gun||7.62×51mm NATO||The New Zealand Defence Force originally purchased the British-made L7A2 version of the MAG in 1976. These are now being replaced by several versions of the Belgian-made MAG-58, which was originally introduced into service as part of the introduction of the NZLAV. The FN-made MAGs are now used in the infantry light machine gun (LMG) role as a flexible mounted machine gun on the LOV and UH-1H and as a heavy sustained fire machine gun.|
|Browning M2HB-QCB||United States||Heavy machine gun||.50 BMG||Heavy machine gun not used at the infantry section level but rather as a heavy support weapon usually mounted on vehicles. It uses the .50 BMG cartridge and has an effective range in excess of 2,000 metres.|
|Glock||Austria||Semi-automatic pistol||9mm||Standard Issue Pistol.|
|Benelli M3||Italy||Shotgun||12-gauge||NZ Defence Force; initially introduced in Army service in 2006.|
|M203 grenade launcher||United States||grenade launcher||40×46mm||Attaches to the IW MARS-L (RM Equipment M203PI) and M4 (Colt M203-A1) rifles.|
|Heckler & Koch GMG||Germany||Automatic grenade launcher||40×53mm||Used by New Zealand Army.|
|Mistral (missile)||France||Man-Portable surface-to-air missile||High Explosive with high density tungsten balls||12 Launchers|
|66 mm Short-Range Anti-Armour Weapon (M72 LAW)||United States||anti-tank rocket launcher||66mm||A single shot disposable anti-armour weapon|
|L14A1 Carl Gustav Medium Direct Fire Support Weapon||Sweden||recoilless rifle||84mm||42 M3 Carl Gustav, Primarily used in the anti-armour role.|
|Javelin Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM)||United States||guided anti-armour missile||127mm||24 Launchers|
|F2 81mm Mortar|| United Kingdom
|Mortar||81mm||50 L16A2 81 mm mortar|
New Zealand decided in 2003 to replace its existing fleet of M113 Armored Personnel Carriers, purchased in the 1960s, with the NZLAV, and the M113s were decommissioned by the end of 2004. An agreement made to sell the M113s via an Australian weapons dealer in February 2006 had to be cancelled when the US State Department refused permission for New Zealand to sell the M113s under a contract made when the vehicles were initially purchased.
The replacement of the M113s with the General Motors LAV III (NZLAV) led to a review in 2001 on the purchase decision-making by New Zealand's Auditor-General. The review found short-comings in the defence acquisition process but not the eventual vehicle selected.
In 2010 the government said it would look at the possibility of selling 35 LAVs, around a third of the fleet, as being surplus to requirements.
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The New Zealand Defence Force has selected the FN Herstal 7.62mm Minimi TR as a replacement for the 5.56 mm LSW C9, currently in service. The weapons are being acquired now, with NZ delivery due to start from April this year, and introduction to service and issuing to units planned to occur in last quarter of 2012. The 7.62 LSW Minimi will be issued to certain Army and Air Force Units. This will replace the C9 capability, with priority being given to field force units and regional equipment pools.
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The Army is purchasing a small number of Benelli M3 Tactical shotguns, which are expected to deploy with 1 RNZIR and 2/1 RNZIR soldiers on stability and security-type operations.
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