SHAH ALAM: Abu Dhabi headquartered, Edge Group on May 24 announced that it had signed an agreement with Malaysian-company Ketech Asia Sdn Bhd for the production and resale of Caracal CAR 816 assault rifle in Malaysia. Although the signing was conducted at LIMA 2023, Edge announced the signing through its headquarters in Abu Dhabi.
The release stated that under the agreement, the two companies will conduct a transfer of technology that enables Ketech Asia to assemble the highly-reliable, mission-proven CAR 816 tactical assault rifle at its new facilities in Pahang, in support of the Royal Malaysia Armed Forces requirements.
The biggest user of the CAR 816 is the UAE Armed Forces.
The signing was interesting as Malaysian Defence was told at LIMA 2023 (on the same day, several hours before the release was published) that the Army was planning to replace its Colt M4A1 Carbine with the Edge Caracal CAR 816 assault rifles. The CAR 816 uses the short-stroke gas piston like the ones fitted on H&K 416 assault rifles unlike the direct gas impingement of the M4.
Anyhow, some of the M4 Carbine procured were locally assembled by SMEO Sdn Bhd in Batu Arang< Selangor after the Army decided it will become the standard rifle in 2006. RMN and RMAF later adopted the M4 Carbine as their standard assault rifle as well. The Army will also buy the CMP9 submachinegun and the CSA 338 semi-automatic sniper rifle, also manufactured by Caracal, Malaysian Defence was told. All three firearms were featured prominently at the Edge booth which were also dominated by drones, aerial bombs, and missiles. The submachine gun will be used by units other than the GGK and 10th Para Brigade. The GGK is getting the Sig-Sauer MPX submachine gun and the Paras Berretta PMX.
The contract for the guns is expected next year and all of them including the CAR 816 are to be equipped with optics. The release by Edge:
Abu Dhabi, UAE: 24 May, 2023 – CARACAL, an EDGE Group (“EDGE”) Company and a leading small arms manufacturer, today announced signing an agreement with Ketech Asia, an advanced ammunition producer and small arms solutions provider, for the production and resale of CARACAL’s CAR 816 in Malaysia. The agreement was signed by Hamad Al Ameri, CEO of CARACAL, and Mohd Nahar Mohd Nasir, CEO of Ketech Asia, at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA 2023), being held in Langkawi, Malaysia, until 27 May.
Under the agreement, the two companies will conduct a transfer of technology that enables Ketech Asia to assemble the highly reliable, mission-proven CAR 816 tactical assault rifle at its new facilities in Pahang, in support of the Royal Malaysia Armed Forces requirements. Cooperation will also take place to review the potential of co-developing new firearms, and Ketech Asia will become an official reseller of the rifle, underscoring EDGE’s confidence in developing valuable and mutually beneficial industry partnerships in Malaysia, with the aim of increasing sales of regionally manufactured advanced products and solutions in markets across Southeast Asia. The agreement with Ketech will also aid EDGE to explore other opportunities in Malaysia for the full range of CARACAL small arms.
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