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Protected Mobility Capability Project

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


The Protected Mobility Capability Project is replacing our main operational land vehicle fleets, providing our troops with enhanced protection. This includes both armoured and non-armoured vehicles suited to a wide range of operations. 

The Project is being run in stages over ten years, ensuring that our 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

The project is currently focusing on:

  • Introduction into service of the MRZR-D vehicles

  • Detailed design of the NZ 5.5 Bushmaster vehicles

  • Infrastructure requirements for the vehicles

  • Investigation of the Utility category of vehicles to allow the retirement of unarmoured Pinzgauers and operational Unimogs.

Bushmaster NZ5.5

In July 2020, the Government announced the replacement of the existing armoured Pinzgauers with the Bushmaster NZ5.5. The Australian manufactured Bushmaster improves our ability to undertake population support and peacekeeping missions. The Bushmaster is used extensively by overseas partners and will provide our personnel with greater protection, flexibility and versatility. The Project is working with the Australian manufacturer to complete the detailed designs of this vehicle. Deliveries are expected to commence in late 2022 with the full fleet of 43 Bushmasters beginning operational introduction from late 2023.

Polaris MRZR

MRZR-D vehicles are being introduced into service. These vehicles fulfil 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. Read more about the Polaris MRZR

Learn more about the Protected Mobility Capability Project