New Zealand's Ministry of Defence has selected United States based Lewis Machine & Tool (LMT) company for its Individual Weapon Replacement program. This project will replace the existing New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Steyr rifle with a new individual weapon. The replacement of about 8,800 rifles is part of a larger firearms replacement program. Previously, a tender for the provision of contemporary individual weapons, necessary training, and associated support to the NZDF was issued in 2014. Other contenders in the fray were Beretta New Zealand Limited, Ceská zbrojovka a.s., Colt Canada Corporation, FN HERSTAL, STEYR MANNLICHER GmbH, XTEK Limited (Sig Sauer), and Heckler & Kock GmbH.