CARACAL, a world-renowned, UAE-based small arms manufacturer, launched two pioneering products that underpin the company’s innovation credentials and agility in response to market demands.
The second-generation CARACAL F Gen II pistol and the CSA338 Semi-Automatic rifle were unveiled for the first time at the International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX 2021) taking place from 21 to 25 February, in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi.
Hamad Al Ameri, Chief Executive Officer, CARACAL, said: “We are extremely proud to be able to release these new industry-leading products at IDEX 2021 – the second-generation CARACAL F Gen II pistol, and the CSA 338 Semi-Automatic rifle. They represent the pinnacle of innovation, performance, and reliability. Building our reputation as a leading international manufacturer of precision weaponry, we continue to place our customers at the heart of everything we do, while remaining at the forefront of innovation and product development.”
The CARACAL F Gen II pistol builds on the strengths of its 9mm pistol predecessor, with a low bore-axis and unique handling ergonomics. There is a new ‘solid slide’ integrating multiple components and giving the pistol improved performance and ease of maintenance. An optional modified slide, allowing the addition of advanced optics like reflex sights is now available factory built.
The polymer grip frame now has a MIL-spec picatinny rail, allowing for simple adding of multiple accessories. Engineered to meet the most demanding customer requirements, the CF 2 has set new standards for durability and dependability and features improved sights and target acquisitions for even higher performance.
The unveiling of the CSA 338 Semi-Automatic rifle (photo) highlights CARACAL’s growing technical sophistication. Through effectively merging two rifle concepts - a designated marksman rifle (DMR) with a 338-calibre sniper rifle into a highly precise semi-automatic weapon - this rifle reinforces the company’s strong focus on innovation.
The CSA 338 boasts another regional first in having been fully designed, validated, and manufactured in the UAE. The elegant weapon features high-calibre ammunition and builds on the success of the bolt action CSR338 sniper rifle - fusing it with a DMR concept applied to an 8.6 x 70-calibre weapon.
Together, the weapons represent significant technological and manufacturing advancements for supply to the local and international markets.
CARACAL is part of the Missiles & Weapons cluster within EDGE, an advanced technology group that ranks among the top 25 military suppliers in the world.
Established in 2007, CARACAL is a regional leader in high-performance small arms. The company designs, engineers, innovates, and manufactures battlefield-proven firearms for law enforcement, security, and military forces, with a production legacy spanning approximately 15 years.
Part of the Missiles & Weapons cluster of EDGE, CARACAL’s product portfolio includes pistols, submachine guns, assault rifles and sniper rifles across a range of calibres. Its experience reflects in the quality, performance, and dependability of its growing range of weapons, incorporating the latest technological advances, developed to meet the evolving and challenging nature of warfare as well as the diverse mission requirements of customers in the UAE and abroad.
EDGE is an advanced technology group established to develop agile, bold and disruptive solutions for defence and beyond. Enabling a secure future, it is dedicated to bringing innovative technologies and services to market with greater speed and efficiency.
Consolidating over 25 entities and employing more than 13,000 brilliant minds, it offers expertise across five core clusters: Platforms & Systems, Missiles & Weapons, Cyber Defence, Electronic Warfare & Intelligence and Mission Support. Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, EDGE is a catalyst for change - set to revolutionise the industry and change its fundamentals.