Lewis Machine & Tool Co Inc. Selected To Replace New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Steyr Rifle

In May 2014, the Government of New Zealand authorized the Secretary of Defence to undertake a competitive tender process to select a replacement individual weapon for the New Zealand Defense Forces (NZDF).

After completing an initial assessment  of respondents, which closed on 12 Nov 2014, the following companies were selected for the trials phase of the evaluation:


  • Beretta New Zealand Limited
  • Česká zbrojovka a.s.
  • Colt Canada Corporation
  • XTEK Limited (Sig Sauer)
  • Heckler & Kock GmbH
  • Lewis Machine & Tools Co Inc.

Following the trials program phase of the evaluation the Ministry has selected Lewis Machine & Tool Co Inc. of the USA as preferred supplier. The selection is subject to the Ministry undertaking due diligence and negotiation of a contract package. New Zealand Government approval will be sought to proceed to award of a contract.

Other In-Service Weapon Replacement/Upgrade Program (ISWRUP) projects look to upgrade, tactical shotgun, 7.62 mm Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) and 7.62 Light Support Weapons (LSW)

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