The Dutch Defence Ministry has signed a contract with Canadian firm Colt to re-adapt the force’s Diemaco personnel weapons.

Colt will rebuild 25,000 weapons, making them safer and easier to use under diverse conditions.

The weapons will have a rapid focus device, a front grip with bipod and an adjustable butt. Extra adaptations for specific functions such as laser targeting will also be made.

A spokesperson for the Dutch Defence department said that the weapons will be built using the experiences gained in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Fighting during these missions takes place more often in built-up areas and in less organised situations. These conditions make special demands on a weapon,” the ministry said.

The Canadian company has supplied weapons, maintenance means and supplementary articles to the Dutch armed forces since 1994.