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Protected Mobility Capability Project

The Protected Mobility Capability Project focuses on the improvement of the land mobility capability for the New Zealand Defence Force.

“As Minister of Defence, the toughest decisions are those which might put our people in harms-way. This vehicle won’t make those decisions any easier, but they will give our service people the confidence that they have mobility and the protection that will help keep them safe” - Minister of Defence, June 2019

The Protected Mobility Project will replace NZDF’s main operational land vehicle fleets, providing New Zealand troops with enhanced protection. This includes both armoured and non-armoured vehicles which will provide an adaptable capability suited to a wide range of operations.

The Project is being run in stages over ten years, ensuing that New Zealand’s land forces remain suitably resourced for operations now and in the future.

  • Phase 1: 2018 – 2024: Replace and enhance the capabilities offered by the current Pinzgauer fleet and operational Unimogs.
  • Phase 2: 2025/2026 onwards: Upgrade or replace the NZ Light Armoured Vehicle Capability.

Current status

A delivery of Polaris MRZR-D vehicles in May 2020 fulfilled the Project’s High Mobility (Light) vehicle category of a lightweight, compact sized off road vehicle. MRZR will be used in roles including humanitarian and disaster relief (HADR) activities, movement of combat supplies, and casualty evacuation.

The replacement of the existing armoured Pinzgauers with the NZ5.5 Bushmaster was announced in July 2020. The Australian manufactured Bushmaster improves our ability to undertake population support and peacekeeping missions. It has a proven track-record of operational service over many years. The Bushmaster is used extensively with our overseas partners and will provide our personnel with greater protection, flexibility and versatility. The link to the Minister of Defence's press release can be found on the Beehive website(external link) (external link).

The project is currently focusing on:

  • Introduction into service of the MRZR-D vehicles

  • Detailed design of the NZ 5.5 Bushmaster vehicles

  • Investigation of other categories of vehicles to allow the retirement of unarmoured Pinzgauers and operational Unimogs.

Contact: Gillian Rodger, Integrated Project Team Leader

Email: industry@defence.govt.nz

Last updated July 2020