MKU has signed a MOU with UAE-based EDIC Caracal at DefExpo 2018, for strategic co-operation to manufacture the advanced CAR817AR rifles in India.
The Assault Rifle will be manufactured in India at MKU’s proposed facility in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh under the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the government and will be offered to the Indian Army for their requirements.
The special gas piston based design of CAR 817 AR makes it more rugged and stable in harsh conditions like mud, sand etc. and its mettle has been proven in the UAE.
The MoU also covers mutual cooperation in promoting MKU Electro Optics and Armour to the UAE forces by EDIC Caracal, a conglomerate and powerhouse of Emirates Defence Industrial Company (EDIC) with more than 16 assets spread across various defence industrial segments in UAE.
Neeraj Gupta, MD of MKU said, ‘We look forward to a strong association with EDIC Caracal. This association will further strengthen each other’s product range for India and the Middle East. The CAR817AR rifle is a rugged and versatile product and will meet all the requirements of our armed forces’
Hamad Salem Al Ameri, Chief Executive Officer of Caracal said, “Our respective governments already have strong relationships, We hope that this cooperation with MKU will become a starting point for a large strategic defence cooperation between both countries that opens the door for many more potential partnerships.
Fahad Abdulrahman Eisa, Senior Manager Business Development, Caracal added “India is one of the largest and most promising markets in the world and MKU is an ideal partner with its experience and excellent credentials in defence manufacturing here. MKU already has existing products which are much required in UAE. We are very positive that this association will see great heights”.