Press Release

Advanced Gas Piston based Assault Rifles to be made in India by MKU with EDIC Caracal, UAE

13 April 2018, Chennai, India

MKU and EDIC Caracal signed a MoU for strategic co-operation for manufacture of the advanced CAR 817 AR rifles in India at Defexpo 2018 in Chennai. 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 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 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.

On the occasion, Mr. 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 CAR 817 AR rifle is a rugged and versatile product and will meet all the requirements of our armed forces’

Mr 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 Abdul Rahman 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’

This will be the 2ndmanufacturing base for Caracal in Asia. Its weapons are currently deployed withvarious forces in UAE. The CAR817AR passes all international standards and specifications andis proven to perform excellently even in the harsh conditions in Middle East


About MKU:

MKU Limited is a leading defence company in India with a footprint in over 100 countries. It offers advanced solutions in Electro Optics, Passive and Active protection for platforms against rocket propelled grenades and blasts from mine. It is a global leader in armour for soldiers and platforms globally and has protected over 2 million soldiers and 2000+ platforms till date. It is already supplying night vision devices to Special Forces,CAPFs and State Police Forces in India

MKU has recently announced its entry into weapons systems for soldiers and platforms. It is entering this arena with global majors like Thales, Caracal and Digital Bit.

About EDIC Caracal:

Caracal International is a company with the largest footprint across many continents like Africa, Europe, North America, South America and Asia. It is part of EDIC (Emirates Defence Industrial Company) with more than 16 assets spread across various defence industrial segments in UAE. Caracal manufactures a full range of small arms starting from pistols sub machine guns, assault rifles and snipers with different calibers and barrel lengths. Their weapons are already in service with many armies in the Middle East


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About MKU

MKU is an Indian defence company headquartered in Kanpur, India. It has 4 production facilities of which 3 are in India and the fourth one is in Sittensen, Germany. The company manufactures protection and surveillance range of equipment and solutions. MKU has spent the last three decades building up a broad product portfolio that includes ballistic vests, ballistic helmets and other personal protection products for military and security forces as well as Platform armouring solutions for land-air-sea platforms. It has recently set up one of the most modern facilities for the manufacture of Night Vision Devices and Day sights. MKU is a registered NATO & UN supplier, and all its manufacturing facilities are certified to ISO 9001:2008, AS 9100, ISO 14000 standards and it has also received the much coveted BA 9000 certification, mandated by NIJ for Body Armour products. Till date, it has provided protection to over 2 million soldiers and 2000 platforms. Its products are used by 230 forces in over 100 countries worldwide.