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New Zealand Defence Force Purchases New Fleet of Trucks

May 22, 2013

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is buying a fleet of 200 new trucks from Germany's Rheinmetall-MAN military vehicles manufacturer in a deal worth 135 million NZ dollars (110.51 million U.S. dollars), the New Zealand government announced.

According to a report in the Global Times, the new vehicles would replace the old NZDF Unimog and heavier Mercedes-Benz trucks.

The total cost for the trucks was 113 million NZ dollars, and the rest of the project costs included armor protection kits, weapons mounts, personnel modules and a range of specialised military equipment, as well as spares, logistic support arrangements and training packages.

The new trucks would come in three sizes and would be in use across the NZDF, according to the Global Times report. All trucks would be in service by 2015.

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