Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Defence Minister Announces Major Tender

26 June 2002

The process of acquiring new light operational vehicles for the New Zealand Army to replace the ageing Landrover fleet is now getting underway, Defence Minister Mark Burton announced today.

"Up to 321 vehicles will be acquired, and the Landrover fleet, which is well past its expected retirement date, will finally be replaced, as part of the Labour-led government's commitment to a long overdue modernisation of the New Zealand Defence Force."

Mark Burton said that following the failure of the original tender process, when no vehicle was fully compliant, he requested a careful reassessment of the army's requirements.

"The Ministry of Defence and the NZDF undertook a review of the numbers and the allocation of armoured and non-armoured types of vehicles. This review resulted in a reduction in the number of armoured/higher mobility vehicles that are needed and introduced the option of a general purpose vehicle.

"A separate requirement for “special operations” vehicles has also been accommodated in this tender. A further 13 vehicles have been added, taking the maximum number of vehicles to 321. The total requirements are for:
Type A: Up to 60 high mobility, lightly armoured vehicles.
Type B: Up to 139 high mobility, non-armoured vehicles.
Type C: Up to 109 standard vehicles.
Type D: 13 special operations vehicles.

"Industry has previously been canvassed on interest in supplying high mobility vehicles (Types A, B and D). Five potential suppliers who have demonstrated that their vehicles have the desired mobility characteristics are being invited this week to tender for these vehicles. There will be a worldwide open tender process for the general purpose military vehicle (Type C). Tender documentation will be released on Friday.

"The tender process should be completed by early next year and the Ministry of Defence will then submit to government its recommendations for acquisition. A Labour government will ensure that the long overdue investment in our defence force provides best value for money," Mark Burton said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news