Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps

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Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps
RNZAC Badge.jpg
Active1 January 1942— present
Country New Zealand
BranchNew Zealand Army
ColorsBrown, Red and Green
AnniversariesCambrai Day 20 November
EngagementsBattle Honours are awarded to individual RNZAC units
Captain-GeneralHM The Queen
Colonel CommandantColonel (Rtd.) T.J. McComish

The Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps (RNZAC) is the overall umbrella grouping of Regular Force and Territorial Force units equipped with armoured vehicles in the New Zealand Army. The corps was formed in 1942 as the New Zealand Armoured Corps, before being given the Royal prefix in 1947. The RNZAC is second in seniority of corps within the New Zealand Army.

During the 1990s, corps personnel contributed to the deployment of a mechanized infantry company group to Bosnia-Hercegovina for UNPROFOR as part of the NZDF Operation Radian.

Current units[edit]

RNZAC personnel serve in:

Regular Force

Territorial Force



The RNZAC is primarily equipped with two types of vehicle:

  • NZLAV - the NZLAV armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) is a variant of the General Dynamics LAV III.
  • Pinzgauer - the Army's Light Operational Vehicle (LOV) with command and control, general service, and armoured variants.


See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Cooke, Peter; Crawford, John (2011). The Territorials: The History of the Territorial and Volunteer Forces of New Zealand. Auckland: Random House. ISBN 9781869794460.
  • Major G.J. Clayton, The New Zealand Army, A History from the 1840s to the 1990s, New Zealand Army, Wellington, 1990
  • Damien Marc Fenton, A False Sense of Security?, Centre for Strategic Studies New Zealand