More than 40,000 MKEK MPT-55/55K assault rifles have been delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces out of an initial order of 70,000, Jane's has learned on speaking to an MKEK representative at the 2019 DSEI.
The MPT-55/55K assault rifle is derived from the AR-15 design, but uses a short-stroke gas piston mechanism of operation. The 5.56×45 mm chambered MPT-55/55Ks are likely to be replacing the licence-produced Heckler & Koch HK33 rifles in Turkish service, although the MPT-76 assault rifle will remain the standard-issue personal weapon for the majority of Turkish troops.
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