13 Nov 2009

NZ army vehicles bound for Afghanistan

3:08 pm on 13 November 2009

New Zealand is to send three light armoured vehicles and crews to Afghanistan to back up elite troops.

The Government says the army vehicles will provide increased protection for 71 SAS soldiers, especially from roadside bombs.

Defence Minister Wayne Mapp says the vehicles will stay there as long as they are needed.

The vehicles are armed with a 25-millimetre cannon and two machine guns.