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Libya will buy 20,000 G3 7.62mm assault rifle from Turkey to strengthen its national army

September 22

Libya has submitted a request to the Turkish government to buy 20,000 G3 assault rifle in an attempt to strengthen to national army. The G3 is a 7.62×51mm NATO battle rifle developed in the 1950s by the German armament manufacturer Heckler & Koch GmbH. The G3 is produced produced under license in Turkey by the the Turkish defense Company MKE.

The Libyan government is seeking to buy 20,000 G3 assault rifles including 7.62 mm and 5.56 mm caliber, which has been confirmed on the Turkish side.

The HK G3 was introduced in 1959 and became the standard-issue service rifle of the West German Army.

The G3 assault rifle served as a general issue shoulder weapon not only for German Armed forces, but also for many other countries. Those include Greece, Iran, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey and many other countries. Total of more than 50 countries during the last 40 years issued the G3 to its forces.

The guns are manufactured in Turkey and will be delivered to Libya to aide the building on the army. Libya intends to purchase new military armoured vehicles as well as helicopters.

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