The New Zealand (NZ) Defence Force has deployed light armoured vehicles (LAVs) to Bamyan Province in Afghanistan to support the provincial reconstruction team.

The NZLAV is a highly mobile LAV that is equipped with a lethal arsenal of weapons and systems for combat, peace and peace support operations.

New Zealand Joint Forces commander air vice marshal Peter Stockwell said the vehicles will safeguard the soldiers and allow them to operate more effectively, providing security for the civilian population.

The upgraded NZLAVs provide the optimum mix of protected mobility, firepower and surveillance to meet mission requirements.

The LAVs are also fielded with the Canadian Army, US Army, US Marines and the Australian Defence Force.