NZDF weapons stock at Feb 24, 2022

James Hunter made this Official Information request to New Zealand Defence Force

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From: James Hunter

Dear New Zealand Defence Force,

(A) Following the invasion of Ukraine on Feb 24, I understand the NZ government was presented at a cabinet meeting with a list of options (possibly via Peeni Henare) they could take in response. These may have included sending weapons. What were the options?

(B) At 24 February 2022, what number of Javelin anti-armour launchers did NZDF have in stock & what number have batteries in working order?

(C) At 24 February 2022, what number of Javelin ATGM did NZDF have in stock?

(D) At 24 February 2022, what number of M72 LAW / NLAW did NZDF have in stock?

(E) Have any of these weapons been used in training in NZ since Feb 24 2022? If so, how many?

(F) How did the NZDF acquire the Javelin & M72 LAW / NLAW? Bought of gifted & from which entity?

(G) In what year/s did they arrive in NZ?

(H) What year/s were the weapons the NZDF has in stock manufactured?

At post cabinet meetings, numbers of items were not specified, just vague reference as to how long the quantity would last in battle. Wikipedia (
notes quantities of these & I am interested to know if this is correct plus the additional information.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Hunter

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