The New Zealand Defence Pressure has finalized a sale of twenty-two surplus New Zealand Gentle Armoured Automobiles (NZLAVs) to the Chilean Navy to be used by their Marine Corps. The sale is price US $19.855 million and the automobiles will likely be shipped to Chile in two tranches, one this yr and one in 2023. The NZDF purchased 105 NZLAVs in 2003. One was written off after being badly broken in Afghanistan and one is being utilized in Canada as a check car.

The Chief of Military, Main Normal (MAJGEN) John Boswell mentioned,” the NZLAV fleet continues to be important to Military’s potential to offer the New Zealand Authorities with a fight succesful navy response possibility to be used alongside our allies and companions. The sale nonetheless permits the Military to keep up a spread of capabilities and supply quite a lot of potential deployment choices together with home catastrophe response, regional safety missions, peacekeeping by way of to fight operations.”


New Zealand Gentle Armoured Automobiles (NZLAVs)

Commander Defence Logistics Command, Commodore Andrew Brown mentioned,”It was pleasing to get a sale negotiated for the automobiles. Eight extra NZLAVs stay in the marketplace to promote. The prospect of a sale to the Chilean Navy has been into account and negotiation for over two years, with quite a lot of NZ and international authorities consents required earlier than any sale could possibly be finalised. The remaining NZLAVs, numbering 73, will proceed in service with the NZ Military.”

Evaluation undertaken throughout the Defence Evaluation course of in 2008-09 concluded that the Military had extra NZLAVs than essential to fulfil Authorities-directed outputs. In 2012 the Authorities decided that the variety of NZLAVs be diminished, and that 20 can be made accessible for potential sale. The quantity on the market was later elevated to 30 in 2019. The NZLAVs had been inbuilt Canada by Normal Dynamics Land Techniques. The sale to the Chilean Navy was brokered by Canadian Industrial Company, a Canadian Authorities organisation that helps worldwide commerce preparations.