Lewis Machine and Tool (LMT) was selected as the preferred vendor in New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Individual Weapon Replacement program. LMT will be supplying the NZDF with its CQB-16 5.56mm rifle. Trials were conducted from 2 March 2015 to 1 June 2015 with LMT’s CQB-16 edging out the competition. Eight thousand eight hundred (8,800) rifles were authorized and scheduled to be placed in service 2016-2017.
The new rifle will be designated as the Modular Assault Rifle System – Light (MARS-L)