Tue 21-02-2017 19:17 PM

Abu Dhabi's small arms producer Caracal unveils new home-built assault rifle named after martyr

ABU DHABI, 21st February, 2017 (WAM) -- Caracal International, the Abu Dhabi-based original equipment manufacturer and small arms producer, today unveiled Sultan, a 5.56mm calibre assault rifle, named after Emirati martyr Staff Colonel Sultan Mohammed bin Huwaiden Al Ketbi.

"Sultan is the company's latest light firearm. It is a 100 percent national product. It was designed for various assault missions and is capable of carrying a range of military accessories such as flashlights, silencers and sights," Salim Al Ameri, CEO of Caracal International, told WAM in an interview at the 13th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX), being held in Abu Dhabi.

Sultan is a development of the CAR 817 DMR, a 7.62mm, high precision semi-automatic, gas operated, rotating bolt system tactical rifle, produced by Caracal, he said.

Unlike its predecessor, Sultan does not need to be cleaned of carbon and fouling, even after hundreds of shots.

A subsidiary of Emirates Defence Industries Company (EDIC), Caracal seeks to meet the demand for small firearms by the UAE Armed Forces, as well as cater to clients in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and South Africa.

Caracal also seeks to expand to global markets and achieve leadership in munition manufacturing. MMYS

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