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ARAD and CARMEL – New Israeli Assault Rifles Are Set to Manufacture in India under Make in India Initiative

Two-new-Israeli-assault-rifles-Arad-and-Carmel-now-set-to-be-manufactured-in-IndiaThe latest Israeli Assault Rifles, Arad and Carmel, will be manufactured under the Make in India initiative in the PLR Systems Private Limited, established by Israel Weapons Industries(IWI) in 2017 as a joint venture with Punj Lloyd in Madhya Pradesh, India.

Features of ARAD Assault rifle(AR):

i.ARAD is a lightweight modular assault rifle with two variants

  • 5.56X45mm 
  • .300 AAC Blackout.

ii.The ARAD AR is designed based on the requirements of the Specialist units and infantry forces with enhanced operational flexibility.

iii.The weight of ARAD AR is 2.85 Kg.

iv.The rifle offers barrel lengths of 292mm (11.5”) and 368mm (14.5”).

Mechanism:

i.The ARAD AR has short-stroke gas piston firing mechanism with two regulators providing smooth operation under different environmental conditions.

ii.The two step enhanced trigger ensures comfort and accuracy.

Updates:

i.Barrel lengths of 419 mm (16.5″) and 508 mm (20″) are under process.

ii.IWI plans to offer additional calibres in ARAD AR.

Features of CARMEL Assault Rifle(AR):

i.CARMEL,the ambidextrous AR, is made of special steel, aviation-grade aluminium and high impact polymer suited for extended combat duration and high performance in different environments and combat scenarios.

ii.CARMEL is equipped with ‘Picatinny’ rails to allow 100% compatibility with sights and accessories.

iii.The AR allows the use of any magazines like NATO / MIL-STD 5.56 Steel, aluminium or polymer magazines.

iv.Carmel is a conventional configuration rifle in 5.56x45mm calibre designed for minimum maintenance, reducing operational costs.

PLR Systems:

i.PLR Systems is the first private sector company that has a license for manufacturing Small Arms like the Tavor series, Galil sniper rifle, Uzi Pro submachine gun, Masada pistol and the Negev Light Machine Gun (LMG) and Ammunition.

ii.Fouraces System India Private Limited bought the company from Punj Lloyd.

iii.The joint venture aims for the contract from the central armed police forces and state police in addition to the Special forces of the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Note:

The AK 203, 7.62x39mm rifle will be built in India under the joint venture of state-run Ordnance Factory Board(OFB) and Russian Kalashnikov Rifles.

About PLR Systems:
Chairman– Ashok Wadhawan
Location– Bhind, Madhya Pradesh