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The First Unique Production Grenade Launchers Delivered to TAF

Within the scope of the “MPT-76 Compatible Grenade Launcher Project”, the first batch of locally produced 500 AK40-GL under-barrel grenade launchers (UBGL) was delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF).

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Under the tender opened by the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) to provide modern under-barrel grenade launchers to the Turkish security forces, the company Akdaş Arms which is located in Konya delivered the first batch of AK40-GL grenade launchers to the Turkish Land Forces Command.

As part of the "MPT-76 Compatible Grenade Launcher Procurement Project" of the Presidency of Defense Industries, Akdaş Arms will deliver a total of 8,000 locally produced AK40-GL units to the Turkish Security Forces. The AK40-GL grenade launcher can be mounted on both the MPT-67 and MPT-55 and has a patented sight, which allows rapid and precise aim. Following the successful completion of climate and field tests, the indigenous grenade launchers were delivered to the Turkish Land Forces Command and started to be used in the field along with MPT-76 infantry rifles.

The local firearms manufacturer company, Akdaş Arms, from Konya's Beyşehir district, participated in the tender opened by the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) to demonstrate its experience and capabilities in the defense industry and was awarded by the SSB to produce 8,000 in total. The AK40-GL UBGL was developed by the company with domestic capabilities and has successfully completed the extreme qualification tests which lasted approximately 3.5 months.

The AK40-GL can also be used individually with a stock attachment. The launcher can fire 40mm grenades, including less-lethal tear gas and stun cartridges and high explosive ammunition. The launcher has a unique ambidextrous design and can be used with both the right and left hand. It also features Picatinny rails for target illumination and aiming laser attachments. The AK40-GL launcher has some clear advantages over its competitors. It weighs only 1.5 kilograms, has a barrel life of 5,000 rounds, and an effective range of 400 meters.

The company will deliver another 2,500 grenade launchers to the Turkish Land Forces Command with the second batch.