Kale Group will begin delivering its KCR-556

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Turkey’s Kale Group will begin delivering its KCR-556 5.56x45 (5.56 mm NATO)-calibre assault rifles to the Turkish armed forces once final qualification trials for the weapon are completed later this month, a company official told Jane’s at the 16-19 April Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.

The company offers three variants of the rifle: a longer version designated the KCR-556 L (formerly known as the KCR-556U/K rifle) featuring a 368 mm-long barrel; a shorter version called the KCR556 S-II with a 279 mm barrel; and a close quarter battle version called the KCR556 S-I featuring a 190.5 mm barrel.