The Nationwide Defence Coaching Affiliation of Finland (MPK) and Sako Oy signed a collaboration settlement on April 11 2023 on the Sako manufacturing unit in Rihimaki, Finland. Sako Ltd will ship semi-automatic single-shot firearms to the Nationwide Defence Coaching Affiliation of Finland (MPK) for coaching functions. The firearms specified within the deal might be delivered in 2024. The rifles have a calibre of 5.56 / 223Rem. The firearms are appropriate with rounds of both calibre. The whole worth of the procurement is 1,6 million euros and additional to the firearms contains, e.g. weapons gear and spare parts.

”We’re happy that it was potential to pick from a number of high-quality merchandise as a part of our tendering course of. Based mostly on utilization and suitability assessments, this procurement will provide us with a product that matches our necessities extraordinarily properly. Sooner or later, we might be even higher positioned to answer the excessive demand for coaching in the usage of firearms throughout the complete nation”, says Antti Lehtisalo, MPK Government Director.


”Due to MPK for the belief we’ve got acquired. We’re glad to assist Finnish nationwide defence coaching on our half and imagine that this procurement will play a major position in Finland’s nationwide defence functionality and coaching. The Finnish Defence Forces and MPK could have the identical fundamental construction of merchandise, which will definitely supply synergy advantages to each events. Additionally it is nice that nationwide defence coaching can depend on a home product, as this can even enhance the safety of provide”, says Raimo Karjalainen, Sako Group CEO and Board Member.

The rifles will primarily be used for the coaching offered by the Nationwide Defence Coaching Affiliation of Finland that’s designed to contribute to navy readiness and is predicated on the firearm coaching programme of the Finnish Defence Forces. The coaching is attended by voluntary reserve members and different contributors partaking in voluntary nationwide defence coaching. The rifles to be delivered are primarily based on the identical AR development as the brand new firearms equipped to the Finnish and Swedish Defence Forces, which Sako Ltd revealed a information report about in March 2023.