|New Zealand soliders with Steyr rifles. From Wikipedia.|
This is great news for the Upper Hutt community, as the army continues to be one of our major employers in our area and defence is top of mind for many citizens as a result.
The Government has given approval for the Ministry of Defence to conduct a competitive tender process to purchase an new rifle to replace the Steyr rifle with a new fleet of up to 8,800 rifles and associated accessories. The NZDF will trial short-listed weapons against the NZDF user requirements and a recommendation will be made to Cabinet early next year. The new rifle is expected to be introduced into service by 2016-17.