Royal New Zealand Defence Force

Equipment

New Zealand has its own indigenous arms industry and manufactures most of its own weapons under licence, although some are local designs. Traditionally a buyer of Australian military equipment New Zealand has in recent years increased its purchasing from other sources.

Weta Mk.2

Produced by DunArmCo's Southern Pacific Dynamics subsidiary, the Weta is an indigenous New Zealand armoured recce vehicle used in several roles in the by the Ground Wing, primarily with the RNZAC but also by other arms.

The Weta has replaced several vehicles in RNZDF service. It has a highly sophisticated suspension system and is capable of traversing almost any terrain in addition to being fully amphibious. Its high road speed combines with a very low electromagnetic and audio signature when moving at low speed, making it an ideal recce vehicle. However it is only lightly armoured and should avoid heavy combat.

The most obvious feature of the Weta are its six large independent wheel units which give it its excellent performance. Although vulnerable to enemy fire the system is redundant, being able to function in 2x2 or even, with very limited performance, 2x1.

Whilst constructed in New Zealand the Weta uses a number of overseas components in order to reduce costs. SouthPac Dynamics and the New Zealand government is actively marketing the Weta to a number of smaller core and colonial nations as a replacement of the French ABR-76, however it has had relatively few buyers so far. Rumours persist that several mercenary formations have acquired Wetas through side-channels.

In addition to the standard version, several modifications are available. The Tank Destroyer version has 16 missiles instead of 4, but no dismounts. The APC version looses the missiles and the MDC to carry a full 8 man infantry section. Finally, a Mortar version carries a 120mm Mortar, and 80 Mortar bombs.

Type: 6 Wheeled Armoured Recce Vehicle
Crew: 6 (Driver, Gunner, Sensor Operator/ Remote Pilot, 3 Dismount Scouts)
Displacement Weight: 4 tons of hydrogen
Combat Weight: 8.4 tons
Armour: Turret: Front 14, Sides 10, Rear and Top 5; Body: Front 10, Other: 5, Suspension: 5
Armament:
Enfield 45mm MDC (Fire Control: +2) with 100 rounds carried in two 50 round hoppers.
23mm EM AGL with Point Defence: +2 and 1,000 rounds
Vertical Launch bays for 4 Manta-1 Missiles
Signature: 0
Sensors: 20km (+3)
Power Plant: 2 x 0.5MW MHD Turbines
Cargo: 200kg
Max Speed: 150kph
Cruising Speed: 100kph
Cross Country Mobility: 0.2
Fuel Capacity: 600kg
Fuel Consumption: 25 kg
Endurance: 24 hours
Other: 3 Black Magic Scout Drones carried (controlled by sensor operator, one at a time), "Snorkel" telescoping sensor mast, with laser designator.
 

Weapons

45mm Mass Driver Cannon

Type: 45mm Electromagnetic Cannon
Country: New Zealand
Weight: 138kg
Length: 1.71m
Action: Single Shots
Ammunition: 45mm
Muzzle Velocity: 1800mps
Magazine:
Magazine Weight: 1.65kg per round, 5.5kg battery pack
ROF: 5
Aimed Fire Range: 1800m
Area Fire Burst: N/A
Area Fire Range: N/A
DP Value: Short: 37, Medium: 32, Long: 27, Extreme: 18
Price: NA

For HE Ammo, the effect is: DPV: 11, Burst Radius: 11m, Concussion Value: 20

23mm Point Defence Grenade System

Type: 23mm 6 Barrelled Automatic Grenade Launcher
Country: Russia
Weight: 28kg
Length: 0.9m
Action: Bursts
Ammunition: 23mm Beehive Grenades
Muzzle Velocity: 200mps
Magazine:
Magazine Weight: 150g per round, rechargeable 400 shot capacitor pack
ROF: 5
Aimed Fire Range: N/A
Area Fire Burst: 160 (80 rounds, discharging 20 darts each)
Area Fire Range: 100m
DP Val: 0.7 per dart
Price: NA

Black Magic

The Black Magic is a reconnaissance drone built in New Zealand. It can be either remotely piloted, or follow a simple set of instructions. At it’s core is a small turbofan that provides both lift, and propulsion, by unbalancing the axis. The Black Magic is not fast, but is fast enough for its task and can loiter for almost 4 days in position.

Type: Remotely Piloted Aircraft
Crew: 0
Displacement Weight: neg.
Combat Weight: 50kg
Armour: All: 0
Armament: none
Signature: -3
Sensors: 3km (+3)
Power Plant: 1kW turbofan
Cargo: none
Max Speed: 50kph
Cruising Speed: n/a
Cross Country Mobility: Full
Fuel Capacity: 2kg
Fuel Consumption: 25 g per hour/ 250g per hour (in flight)
Endurance: 80 hours/ 8 hours flight
Price: Lv30,000

Small Arms

New Zealand Assault Rifle Mk.2

Once the standard combat rifle of the RNZDF this weapon is the venerable Colonial Service Rifle, built under license as the NZAR-2. The NZAR-2 is regarded as obsolete, firing the heavy 7.5mm caseless round but retains popularity for its remarkable robustness and soldier proof qualities. This weapon has proved itself time and again from the depths of Australian jungles to the freezing blizzards of the Antarctic.

Several units within the RNZDF continue to use the NZAR-2, primarily 2/1 RNZIR, when deploying to harsh environments. It is noticeable that many members of the Tarakiwa Rangers have chosen to use this weapon in New Africa's jungles.

Type: 7.5mm conventional rifle
Country: Britain
Weight: 4kg (unloaded)
Length: 80cm (Bulk = 3)
Action: Single Shots or Bursts
Ammunition: 7.5x37mm caseless ball
Muzzle Velocity: 900mps
Magazine: 35 round
Magazine Weight: 0.4kg
ROF: 3
Aimed Fire Range: 800m
Area Fire Burst: 10 rounds (AFV = 1)
Area Fire Range: 550m
DP Value: 0.9
Price: Lv500 (Lv2 for 100 round box)

New Zealand Assault Rifle Mk.3

As the age of the NZAR-2 began to be a factor, the RNZDF began to look around for a replacement weapon system. New Zealand decided not to follow Australia's lead and introduce laser weapons as power supply to its mainly light infantry forces would be problematical. Instead they chose to adopt the German SG-77 then also coming into service with the Japanese Army.

Produced in NZ by Flashman Arms the NZAR-3 has proved a popular weapon, although its lack of stopping power combined with initially poor reliability caused some difficulties on its introduction to service. The NZAR-3 differs from the SG-77 by the inclusion of an integral grenade launcher, replacing the muzzle launched grenades of the NZAR-2.

Type: 5.5mm conventional rifle and grenade launcher
Country: Germany
Weight: 3kg (unloaded)
Length: 75cm (Bulk = 2)
Action: Single Shots or Bursts
Ammunition: 5.5x40mm fixed cartridge ball
Muzzle Velocity: 1200mps
Magazine: 40 round
Magazine Weight: 0.3kg
ROF: 3
Aimed Fire Range: 700m
Area Fire Burst: 10 rounds (AFV = 1)
Area Fire Range: 500m
DP Value: 0.6
Price: Lv280 (Lv1 for 100 round box)

New Zealand Support Weapon Mk.1

The NZSW-1 is the British VR-5/L95A1 machine gun. It is a multi-mode machine gun: in the light, or Short Barrel, role it functions as a conventional MMG, except that it has an active coolant bottle and barrel switch out is not a problem until over 1200 rounds have gone down the barrel. Additional equipment includes tripods, Long Barrels for sustained fire and increased range and a Short Barrelled/Grenade Launcher kit for the assault role.

Type: 7.5mm Machine Gun
Country: Britain
Weight: 6.5kg (unloaded, with coolant bottle)
Length: 93cm ( Bulk = 3)
Action: Single Shots or Bursts
Ammunition: 7.5 x 37mm Caseless
Muzzle Velocity: 900mps
Magazine: 100 round box or 50 round belts (linkable)
Magazine Weight: 1.0kg (Spare Coolant Bottles weight 0.5kg)
ROF: 5
Aimed Fire Range: 550m (900m on bipod)
Area Fire Burst: 20 rounds (AFV = 2)
Area Fire Range: 550m (900m on bipod)
DP Value: 1.1
Price: Lv1340 (Lv1 for 50 round belt)

New Zealand Support Weapon Mk.2

NZSW-2 is the German A9 light plasma weapon. New Zealand bought the A-9 as a squad plasma weapon as with the RNZDF's light infantry composition weight is a problem and so the light A-9 was favoured over the M2A2 and similar weapons. In an infantry section, 2 men are equipped with these.

Type: 5MW Plasma Gun
Country: Germany
Weight (Empty): 4.5kg
Length: 83cm (Bulk=3)
Action: Single Shot
Ammunition: 10x70mm 5MW photonic core plaser cell
Ammunition Weight: 0.3kg (6 loose cells)
Magazine: 6 cells in rotating cylinder magazine
ROF: 3
Aimed Fire Range: 900m
DP Value: 4, Plasma Splash Radius = 4m
Price: Lv1600 (Lv8 per disposable cell)

Note: Plasma Splash is similar to a small explosion, but consists of rapidly cooling plasma (which is liquid like after the impact) splashing people near to the main hit. People in this area have a 60% chance of a hit, doing 1/10th of the impact damage (0.4 in this case), but there is no danger outside this area. Plasma splash’s continue to do damage after the strike, decreasing at 0.1 every round down to zero under treated. Treatment is as per WP burns.

Lightweight Multi-Role Missile System

This weapon system is the Australian Red Back, capable of engaging light air and ground targets. The LMRMS has an easy to use and versatile targeting system and is well liked by the troops. Normally one of these weapons is carried in each infantry section.

Type: Hand-carried anti-aircraft or anti-vehicle missile
Nation: Australia
Launcher Type: Hand-carried launcher
Launcher Weight: 5 kg
Missile Weight: 5 kg
Range: 5,000 m
Guidance: Automatic following gunner lock-on
Homing Value: 25
Attack Angle: Selectable
DPV: As Tamped Explosion (EP = 25)
Launcher Price: Lv 2,500
Missile Price: Lv 3,500

New Zealand Carbine Mk.1

This weapon is the Australian Coralsnake PDW produced under license in New Zealand by Flashman Arms. It is issued to all forces not likely to be deployed in the frontline, such as artillery, signals and rear echelon engineer units. A carbine style weapon it is a handy size whilst still being capable of its self-defence role.

Type: 5 mm Gauss sub machine gun
Country: Australia
Weight (Empty): 1.5 kg
Action: Single shot or bursts
Ammunition: 5 mm 15 mm pre-fragmented flechette
Muzzle Velocity: 500 mps
Magazine: 75-round box magazine with integral power cell
Magazine Weight: 0.3 kg
ROF: 5
Aimed Fire Range: 200 m with stock extended (75 m without stock)
Area Fire Burst: 10 rounds (AFV = 1.5)
Area Fire Range: 140 m with stock extended (50 m without stock)
DP Value: 0.5 (area fire 0.3)
Price: Lv250 (Lv 2 for a 50-round disposable magazine)

Combat Dress and Equipment

The Ground Wing continues to use DPM as it has no really 'mechanised' component and relies mainly on light infantry. Body Armour is of the Inertial Vest variety. New Zealand pattern Inertial Vests weigh 1.5kg, and provide splinter and light arms protection the torso and abdomen (AV0.6), and some protection against rifle rounds for the heart (AV1.0 over the area 2 only). They also use a locally designed Light Ballistic Helmet (0.6kg, AV1.0).

The RNZDF use the British Black Arrow TISS-4F system for their frontline infantry tactical targeting systems. Their webbing and load carrying gear is similar to the British APLCE system.