UAE-based small arms manufacturer, CARACAL, the 2018 winner of an Indian Government tender to supply the Indian Army with 93,895 CAR 816 assault rifles, has announced its willingness to move to fully manufacture the weapons in India from start of contract, as opposed to its planned initial phased approach
The statement comes amidst rumours that the Indian Govt may cancel the tender.
CARACAL had previously been selected by the Indian Ministry of Defence in 2018 to fast-track the supply of 93,895 CAR 816 assault rifles to the Indian Army.
“CARACAL was awarded the Close-Quarter Carbine contract in 2018 to supply the Indian Army with the CAR 816, after having undergone a rigorous selection process. Having agreed to fast track the supply, and with the formalities still under discussion, we would like to reiterate our commitment to our bid and to the ‘Make in India’ initiative. With strong bilateral ties between our two nations, and with India being a key market for CARACAL, we remain on standby to supply the product to the customer upon instruction,” Hamad Al Ameri, Chief Executive Officer, CARACAL, said in a company release.
The company says that it has already identified the required land, facility and local partners to be able to commence production immediately.
CARACAL will also oversee technology transfer for the manufacture of the assault rifles in India and states that over 20% of the components fitted on the CAR 816 are already made in India.
The company says it is now making a commitment to fully manufacture the rifles in-country and service the fast track order from India within 12 months.
CARACAL’s CAR 816 carbines are intended to replace the Indian Army’s current 9mm Sterling carbines, with the CAR 816 boasting higher bullet velocity and reduced weight compared to the Sterling carbines.
The assault rifle has secured a number of contracts from customers across the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, and has been adapted to suit the Indian Army’s needs, incorporating the latest technological advances.
CARACAL is part of the Missiles & Weapons cluster within EDGE, an advanced technology group for defence and beyond, and has wholly owned subsidiaries in Germany and the USA.
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