Infantry Weapons

IDEF 2017: MKEK unveils new rifles at IDEF

15 May 2017

Turkey's state-own Machines and Chemical Industries Board (MKEK) presented a number of new small arms system at the IDEF 2017 defence exhibition in Istanbul this month.

MKEK's MPT-55K carbine, which was presented for the first time at IDEF 2017. (Remigiusz Wilk)MKEK's MPT-55K carbine, which was presented for the first time at IDEF 2017. (Remigiusz Wilk)

The company extended the line of the MPT-76 National Infantry Rifle, chambered for the 7.62x51 mm NATO round, by introducing a KNT-76 designated marksman variant with a 508 mm (20-inch) barrel and a KAAN-717 carbine with a 305 mm (12-inch) barrel. The KNT-76 was qualified in December 2015, but has not yet been ordered.

The MPT-76 has been designed to replace 200,000 G3 rifles in Turkish service that were manufactured under licence from Germany's Heckler & Koch (H&K).

MKEK also unveiled the MPT-55 rifle, chambered in the NATO 5.56x45 mm calibre, at IDEF. This new assault rifle was designed for a Turkish special forces requirement to replace licence-manufactured H&K 5.56mm assault rifles.

The MPT-55 is a short-stroke-piston-operated rifle based on the US ArmaLite AR-15, equipped with a seven-position retractable stock and accessory rail system. Two variants of the MPT-55 were presented at IDEF: a standard model with a 368 mm (14.5-inch) barrel and 3.3 kg weight and the MPT-55K carbine with 279 mm (11-inch) barrel weights 3 kg.

MKEK representatives stated that over 20,000 MPT-55 rifles were ordered by Turkey's special forces in December 2016, with the first batch to be delivered this year. The MPT-55 was selected in competition over the KaleKalip KCR-556U/K rifle, which was also debuted at IDEF.

MKEK also presented the 12.7x99 mm MAM-15 anti-materiel rifle, designed to address an ongoing tender in Turkey. The Turkish Armed Forces are seeking "around 300" .50 calibre (BMG) sniper rifles designed to eliminate improvised explosive devices and enemy structures in a competition open to both domestic and international manufacturers, in which KaleKalip is also offering a rifle with a 736 mm (29-inch) barrel based on an Accuracy International design.

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