Defence & Security News - Turkey
 
Turkish Armed Forces to receive the new MPT-76 Assault Rifle
According to Anadolu news agency, 500 Turkish troops will receive the new MPT-76 Assault Rifle manufactured by the Turkish state-owned company MKEK (Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation).
     
Turkish Armed Forces to receive the new MPT-76 Assault RifleThe MPT-76 Assault Rifle
     
The MPT-76 rifle (National Infantry Rifle) was designed and produced by Turkey's state-owned MKEK to replace the Turkish army's Heckler & Koch G3 battle rifles. The MPT-76 was first tested by the army in 2014, when ground troops received a first batch of 200 rifles. The MPT-76 Assault Rifle made its first public appearance at Eurosatory 2014.

The MPT-76 was designed for high altitude, all weather combat, capable of functioning in extreme hot and cold weather. It is a rifle intended to take abuse and extreme mistreatment and still maintain high accuracy and reliability in order to survive in true battle environments. The Turkish Government invested US$ 22 million into the project.

The rifle is expected to become the new standard army weapon in Turkey. It shoots 7.62 mm NATO rounds and is based on the US AR-15 rifle while using a gas piston system similar to that of Heckler & Koch weapons.
 

 

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