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IDEF 2021: MKEK aims to replace Leonardo as Turkey's naval artillery supplier

20th August 2021 - 10:15 GMT | by Cem Devrim Yaylalı in Istanbul

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76mm naval gun from MKEK brochure. (Photo: MKEK)

New 76mm gun and close-in weapon system could equip current and future Turkish Navy surface combatants.

Turkish armament manufacturer Makine Kimya Endistrisi Kurumu (MKEK) has unveiled two gun prototypes specifically targeted at the naval market.

The first is a 76mm naval gun. All major warships in the Turkish Navy, with the exception of four Yavuz-class and four Barbaros-class frigates, plus six Burak-class corvettes, are equipped with 76/62 Super Rapid main guns from Italian manufacturer Leonardo. The starting point of the MKEK project was to reduce and if possible eliminate the dependence on a foreign supplier. An important element of the new system is the introduction of a digital control system; the Super Rapid uses analogue technology …

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