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Thread: NZ Defence Force to buy 82 new high-tech rifles for $4 million

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    NZ Defence Force to buy 82 new high-tech rifles for $4 million

    NZ Defence Force to buy 82 new high-tech rifles for $4 million - NZ Herald

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    Two new types of weapons, including a long range sniper rifle that can hit targets at almost twice the distance current weapons can, are being bought by the New Zealand Defence Force [NZDF] at a cost of $4 million.

    NZDF announced today it was entering an agreement to buy 40 of the Barrett M107A1 anti-materiel rifle and 42 Barrett Multi Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) sniper rifles.

    The cost includes day optics, suppressors and ballistic computer auxiliary equipment.

    The 0.50-calibre semi-automatic anti-materiel rifle gives soldiers the ability to identify and engage vehicle or installation targets with precision to 1500 metres.

    The Barrett MRAD .338 Lapua Magnum has been proven effective to 1500m. It replaces the current AW 7.62mm calibre sniper rifle, effective to 800m, which has reached the end of its service life, Chief of Army Major General Peter Kelly said.

    "This new weapon will increase significantly the range of NZDF snipers, and with the innovation of new tripods will increase their ability to shoot in various positions, from prone to standing."

    Both rifles will be used by infantry units within the New Zealand Army and the New Zealand SAS, and will be introduced into service from mid-2018.

    Kelly said the new weapons would provide soldiers with the latest technology and ensure they would be equipped for any battlefield environment they might encounter.

    "The new weapons were chosen after rigorous testing and feedback from qualified operators."

    The MRAD was selected after six weeks of testing of a number of potential rifles at Waiouru, with more than 10,000 rounds fired in a variety of evaluation activities.

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    $48 700 per setup sounds expensive? Would think it would include night optics as well for that price wouldn't you?

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    Come on Mr Cahill, these are sniper rifles why does anyone in NZ need one?

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    $48k each, even with the extra kit etc, unbelievable!

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    Those numbers can't be right?!


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    I don't give a fuck what they are worth, about time these guys got some good kit.
    Money well spent.

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    Hopefully includes a shit ton of ammo and replacement barrels.
    Mark up on the ballistic software must be huge.

    I agree they should have great kit but still
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    I will tell a story of today’s happening with my (approaching 80 year old) neighbour.

    He was in process of renewing the “farce” of a system Firearms Licence.
    Had been through all the paper work via local cop shop etc.
    Told me a few months ago that he had his renewal – BUT – they still needed to check his firearms security (he is not Cat E – just your basic ex Cocky with a Deer and Possum rifle)

    So – f~~k me dead if I not a lion – today the Police boat from Wellington “Lady Elizabeth IV” pulls up outside our place and a naiad rolls out its arse end with a Yamaha 60 and 2 guys come ashore and go and inspect his gun cabinet.
    Then back to mother ship (who has TWO 1028hp diesel engines) and enters arse end via sophisticated system we can only dream of for boat – launch – retrieve – they head on out of Pelorus Sound.

    Neighbour asked fuel usage – Cops said between 300 & 400 Lts per hour.

    So I say to ex Cocky neighbour – “got some of your Tax back with that fiasco”

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    Quote Originally Posted by GWH View Post
    $48k each, even with the extra kit etc, unbelievable!
    The contract will include through life costs etc, possibly including spares. Numbers can be made to look like anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feral View Post
    The contract will include through life costs etc, possibly including spares. Numbers can be made to look like anything.k
    barrels, spares, technical support, training for armorers
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    And Re the
    """ NZ Defence Force to buy 82 new high-tech rifles for $4 million """

    They say NZ has no coruption - thats a Joke !!!
    Someone or some people are filling their back pockets aplenty !!

    I am used to coruption in Eastern Europe - its a "System" (in 1 word MAFIA)
    You go with it or leave it well alone.

    Its an Elitist system that works well for a select few (the 5% ers)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarvo View Post
    I will tell a story of today’s happening with my (approaching 80 year old) neighbour.

    He was in process of renewing the “farce” of a system Firearms Licence.
    Had been through all the paper work via local cop shop etc.
    Told me a few months ago that he had his renewal – BUT – they still needed to check his firearms security (he is not Cat E – just your basic ex Cocky with a Deer and Possum rifle)

    So – f~~k me dead if I not a lion – today the Police boat from Wellington “Lady Elizabeth IV” pulls up outside our place and a naiad rolls out its arse end with a Yamaha 60 and 2 guys come ashore and go and inspect his gun cabinet.
    Then back to mother ship (who has TWO 1028hp diesel engines) and enters arse end via sophisticated system we can only dream of for boat – launch – retrieve – they head on out of Pelorus Sound.

    Neighbour asked fuel usage – Cops said between 300 & 400 Lts per hour.

    So I say to ex Cocky neighbour – “got some of your Tax back with that fiasco”

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    See them at the Toby shoot for some training then
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibo View Post
    See them at the Toby shoot for some training then
    They'd get schooled

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