NZDF gets new guns

  • 19/10/2017
Barrett M107A1 rifle.
Barrett M107A1 rifle. Photo credit: Barrett

New Zealand soldiers are getting two new weapons featuring the latest technology and which will introduced into service from the middle of next year.

The NZ Defence Force says it's entering an agreement to buy 40 Barrett M107A1 anti-materiel rifles and 42 Barrett multi-role adaptive design sniper rifles.

The cost, which includes day optics, suppressors and ballistic computer auxiliary equipment, will be $NZ4 million.

The NZDF says the 0.50-calibre semi-automatic M107A1 rifle provides a new capability, giving soldiers the ability to identify and engage effectively vehicle or installation targets with precision to 1500 metres.

It says the MRAD .338 Lapua Magnum has been proven effective to 1500m.

The MRAD replaces the AW 7.62mm calibre sniper rifle, effective to 800m, which has reached the end of its service life.

Both new weapons will be used by infantry units within the New Zealand Army and the New Zealand SAS.

Chief of Army Major General Peter Kelly says the weapons will provide soldiers with the latest technology and ensure they are equipped for any battlefield environment they might encounter.