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Turkey orders more rifles

2nd March 2017 - 09:34 GMT | by Victor Barreira in Istanbul

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Additional new rifles have been ordered for the Turkish Armed Forces to supplement existing orders.

This latest contract - awarded to a private company - means there are now three firms that will manufacturer and deliver the MPT-76 design, which is set to become the standard assault rifle of the Turkish military.

The contract, awarded on 17 February to Sarsılmaz Silah Sanayi, is for some 10,000 of the MPT-76 (Modern Piyade Tüfeği) assault rifles.

This contract follows those awarded to state-owned company Makina ve Kimya Endüstrisi Kurumu (MKEK) in June 2015 for 20,000 rifles and privately-run

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Victor M.S. Barreira is a Shephard correspondent, covering South American defence and security affairs.

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