The Government announced a $135 million contract had been signed with the Rheinmetall MAN company for the purchase of up to 200 new trucks. A new fleet of state of the art trucks represents a capability leap forward for the New Zealand Defence Force, says the Vice Chief of Defence Force, Major General (MAJGEN) Tim Keating. “We operate in demanding environments, whether it is in support of humanitarian disasters or in armed combat, and we need reliable support vehicles. MAJGEN Keating says the first five training vehicles are arriving soon and will allow drivers and mechanics to train and qualify on the vehicles prior to the main fleet arriving. All trucks will have arrived by the end of 2014 and will be fully introduced into service with the NZ Defence Force by 2015. courtesy New Zealand Defence Force