New Zealand MoD Selects LMT CQB-16 To Replace The Steyr A1

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)

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