Monday, June 16, 2014

Kiwi's to get new rifles to replace Steyr's, other weapons

Kiwi forces are ditching worn out Steyrs for new rifles, and other firearms. Word on the jungle telegraph is that the Snuffies were not all that happy with them to begin with, although they remain superior to the SA-80 Bullpups the Brits have suffered with for years. Someone is going to get a big contract, it will be interesting to see what they eventually choose - (S9)
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will have a replacement for the Steyr rifle in their sights after 20 years of service. The Government has given approval for the NZDF to look for another weapon, which is expected to be introduced into service by 2016/17. Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Steyr has seen "considerable operational use" and is near the end of its lifespan...
Replacing the Steyr is part of a larger programme of replacing weapons, including new light machine guns, combat guns and designated marksman rifles as well as possibly sniper rifles and grenade launchers. A tender process will be opened to buy an off-the-shelf rifle to replace the Steyr, with up to 8800 rifles and associated accessories...


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