Production should begin soon of a new assault rifle for the Turkish Army and Special Forces. (Turkish Army/Wikimedia)
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ANKARA — Mehmetcik, a new assault rifle that will be used by the Turkish military, has passed rounds of tests, and a serial production contract is in the offing, procurement officials have said.
Mehmetcik will replace 500,000 aging G3 rifles used in the Turkish military. It will be used by both regular infantry and Special Forces.
State-run ammunition specialist MKE has started a pilot production of a batch of 200 Mehmetcik rifles, one procurement official said.
Under a 2009 contract with the country’s procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries, MKE started to develop a light, efficient and modular rifle.
The new rifle is a modified version of the German Heckler & Koch HK 416. It is an 8-pound, 5.56mm weapon with mounting rails for scopes and a hand grip forward of the magazine. It uses 30-round magazines. ■