MKEK Displayed the Scale Model of Its 76mm Naval Gun at the AE-2021/2 Turkish Defense Industry Exhibition

Issue 109

Within the scope of the 44th Anatolian Eagle Training AE-2021/2 Exercise, which was held at the 3rd Main Jet Base between June 21 - July 02, 2021, Turkish Defense Industry companies such as MKEK, SDT, and HAVELSAN also had the opportunity to introduce their products to the visitors at the entrance of the Anatolian Eagle Training Center (AKEM/AETC) Main Briefing Hall during the Press Day held on June 30. While MKEK exhibited the 105mm/30 Caliber Lightweight Towed Howitzer BORAN in front of the Anatolian Eagle Training Center building, the company displayed the scale models of the 76mm/62 Caliber Naval Gun and 20mm Close-in Weapon System solutions, which are still under development, at its booth.

The 76mm/62 Caliber Naval Gun, which is expected to begin firing tests in July/August 2021, is being developed by the Main Contractor MKEK with the support of 3 private sector companies. According to the information I received, MKEK is responsible for producing the barrel and barrel jacket as the Main Contractor, while private companies are responsible for the development and production of the gun mechanism and control systems. It is claimed that the development process of the locally designed and produced 76mm Naval Gun, which will replace the Leonardo 76/62 Compact Naval Guns used by the Turkish Naval Forces (TNFC) for many years, was started due to the Italian company's very high price demand and long delivery schedule. It is even said that this long delivery schedule also affected the PN-MİLGEM Project.