Operational Vehicles

Our fleet of operational vehicles have the capabilities to prosecute land combat operations in a range of complex and diverse environments.

Polaris MRZR

The MRZR is a militarised version of the popular Polaris RZR recreational vehicles.  It is diesel powered, fitted with run flat tires and an infra-red light to aid driving using night vision goggles. 

MRZR are widely used by defence forces around the world in a variety of roles including:

  • Movement of personnel and their equipment
  • Movement of light infantry support weapons
  • Movement of combat supplies
  • Casualty evacuation
  • Support of small groups of specialist personnel with heavy or bulky equipment
  • Humanitarian and disaster relief activities.

The MRZR is a lightweight drive four seat vehicle with side-by-side seating and is specifically designed for off road use.  The driver and up to three passengers are restrained in their seats with four point harnesses within a Roll Over Protection Structure that meets the NZDF standard. Both rear seats can be removed to increase the cargo space or to carry up to two patients secured on stretchers.  

Medium and Heavy Operational Vehicles

The MHOV provides us with a modern military transport fleet with significantly increased levels of protection, increased payload capacity paired with a heavy vehicle cross country capability not matched by the Mercedes fleet. In addition to armour protection for the crew, MHOV can be fitted with communications and a machinegun for self defence.

The MHOV fleet has a mix of 4 x 4 – 6 tonne (HX60), 6 x 6 – 9 tonne (HX58) and 8 x 8 – 15 tonne (HX77) variants along with some heavy equipment transporters planned to be capable of moving 30 tonne. The fleet is fitted with a mix of integrated Hiab cranes and self recovery winches, increasing flexibility on the battlefield and allowing self load/unload. Whilst many trades across our Army will get to operate the MHOV, the Driver trade will primarily be charged with being the experts.

New Zealand Light Armoured Vehicle (NZLAV)

The New Zealand Light Armoured Vehicle (NZLAV) is based on the General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada (GDLS-C) Third Generation Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV-III).

The NZLAV is an eight-wheeled, highly mobile Light Armoured Vehicle that can be operated on and off-road. The vehicle has a 19 - 21 metric tonne Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (depending on configuration) and is transportable by land, sea and air, including C- 130 airlift.

A mid-mounted turret carries the vehicle armament, consisting of an M242 25mm cannon, co-axial and roof-mounted MAG-58 7.62mm machine guns, and two banks of 76mm grenade dischargers.

The NZLAV provides New Zealand with a world class vehicle capable of providing protected mobility to soldiers on the battle field. The NZLAV is highly mobile, and comes equipped with a lethal arsenal of weapons and systems making it an ideal vehicle for combat, peace and peace support operations.

Future upgrades for NZLAV will include upgraded mobility and payload/storage capacity; enhanced power generation and management; optimised ergonomics for crew and dismounts, and improved tactical utility and versatility through the provision of NZLAV variants.

New Zealand Light Operational Vehicle (NZLOV)
321 Pinzgauers (also known as LOVs - Light Operational Vehicles) were introduced into service in 2006.

There are eight variants of the vehicle, of which the majority are general service (GS) or command and control (C2) vehicles. There are also a number of ambulance, shelter and special operations variants in the fleet. Furthermore a number of armoured variants of the Pinzgauer were bought to provide increased protection should the situation require when deployed overseas. 

The Pinzgauer is an off-the shelf light military vehicle that is required to carry out command and control, liaison, replenishment, special force, evacuation and administrative tasks.

High Mobility Engineer Excavator (Combat Tractor)
The HMEE is a highly mobile excavator with increased protection designed to survive on the modern battlefield. With a top speed on the open road of 90km per hour and great cross country capability this means the HMEE can and will operate alongside the NZLAV.

Engineer support to civil aid, route maintenance and general engineering tasks will also be enhanced. This is due to the increased technical capability of the HMEE and the protection it provides operators.

MAN Truck and Rapidly Emplaced Bridging System (REBS)
The Rapidly Emplaced Bridge System (REBS) capability provides a rapid tactical bridging capability to support a NZLAV motorised force. It enhances mobility of NZLAV, by supporting combat crossing operations. It will be employed to cross wet gaps (streams, rivers) and dry gaps (anti-vehicle ditches).

It is a capability previously not in service, and enables vehicles to cross unprepared gaps of up to 12 metres.

The REBS comprises an aluminium bridge mounted on a flat-rack pallet. Both components are transported on a MAN support vehicle with Enhanced Palletized Load System (EPLS).