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Turkey receives new assault rifle

13th January 2017 - 15:13 GMT | by Victor Barreira in Istanbul


The first batch of a new standard assault rifle has been delivered to the Turkish military from domestic manufacturer MKEK on 11 January.

About 500 serial production MPT-76 rifles, also known as the National Infantry Rifle, were built for this initial batch under a contract awarded in July 2015.

The 7.62x51mm assault rifle was produced after MKEK was awarded TRY80 million ($21 million) contract by the Turkey’s defence procurement authority, the SSM, to supply a total of 20,000 new rifles. 

A second contract worth TRY60 million was awarded to privately-owned Kale Kalip for 15,014 rifles in December 2015. 

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Victor Barreira


Victor Barreira

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

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