The New Zealand Defence Force and Thales Australia’s Australian Munitions business have signed an agreement to continue the supply of small-arms ammunition and explosive ordnance to the New Zealand Defence Force until at least 2037.
FILE PHOTO (March 2019): A New Zealand Army soldier fires a machine-gun practice during the Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting 2019 at Puckapunyal, Victoria. Photo by Corporal Jessica de Rouw.
This new agreement includes the design and manufacture of bespoke small-arms munitions including the 5.56mm training round F262T, a new product designed by Thales in collaboration with the NZDF as a low cost training cartridge tuned for optimal performance, and the NZDF Lewis Machine Tool MARS-L platform.
Dion Haber, Managing Director Australian Munitions, said the 5.56mm training cartridge and others have been designed to specifically meet the NZDF’s evolving capability requirements, suitable to meet littoral and amphibious needs for a full range of training situations.
“I am delighted that the NZDF has chosen to continue our decade-long partnership,” Mr Haber said.
“We will continue working to deliver high quality products for the NZDF well into the future.”