A Turkish government-owned corporation, MKEK supplies the Turkish armed forces and produces ammunition, rockets and explosives. It is currently developing the gun for the Turkish Altay battle tank.

MKEK has been one of the main suppliers of the Turkish Armed Forces since the company’s establishment.

MKEK produces the MPT rifle. The Turkish Armed Forces eventually plan on buying up to 500,000 rifles, making the MPT its main service and combat rifle for the Turkish Army.

As of 2017, Erdoğan’s presidential security began using MKEK’s MPT rifles.

Collaboration with Germany’s Rheinmetall

In 2015, MKEK agreed to set up a joint venture with Germany’s Rheinmetall to develop weapons systems. The joint company is called Rheinmetall MKEK Technologies.

Collaboration with Thomson Brandt (France) and Hotchkiss Brandt (Netherlands)

MKEK collaborated with Thomson Brandt and Hotchkiss Brandt on a towed field mortar.

Basic company information

Global reach: Headquartered in Ankara

Business area: Arms manufacturer

Founded: 1950

Products: Assault rifles, ammunition, artillery systems, bombs, land mines, explosives, rockets, tear gas, mortars.

Ownership: Owned by the Turkish state.

Participation in arms fairs: MKEK was an exhibitor at London’s DSEI 2017 arms fair. To view a list of arms fairs MKEK has attended click here.

MKEK MPT rifles

Take Action

  • Protest MKEK’s participation in the biannual DSEI arms fair, to be held in London this September.
  • Call on Germany’s Rheinmetall to end its joint venture with MKEK.