CARACAL, a leading small arms manufacturer and entity within EDGE, one of the top 25 advanced technology and defence groups in the world, signed an initiative with International Golden Group (IGG) and Al Forsan Holding Group, to promote and develop local shooting sports hobbyists.
On 2 October at the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX 2022), the initiative was signed with a framework for the three companies to cooperate in encouraging citizens to develop and hone their skills in the sport of shooting. The initiative was signed by CARACAL CEO Hamad Alameri, IGG Deputy CEO Khalifa Al Balushi and Sultan Al Kaabi on behalf of Al Forsan Holding Group CEO.
The Al Forsan International Sports Resort will facilitate the training as well as provide an encouraging environment for amateur shooters.
Alameri said: “We are extremely proud to be a part of this initiative and play an important role in the development of UAE nationals capable of competing professionally in shooting competitions on the international stage. The Al Forsan Resort provides shooting education, modern facilities and fields, in line with all Olympic standards. CARACAL will be supporting the initiative at the Al Forsan Resort, where trained professionals will provide enthusiasts at all levels with the services necessary to learn the sport, while adhering to all safety measures.”
The initiative is aimed at creating strategic partnerships with government institutions to form and support shooting teams representing the UAE at local, regional and international shooting events and forums.
Pistol, rifle and hunting firearm training will be provided at the Al Forsan International Sports Resort with various shooting ranges and fields, in addition to educating young enthusiasts on firearm safety and security procedures. Additionally, mobile shooting containers will be utilised at national and recreational events as a catalyst for growing the sport in the UAE.
Established in 2007, CARACAL is a regional and international leader in high-performance small arms. The company designs, engineers, innovates and manufactures mission-proven firearms for law enforcement, security and military forces, with a production legacy spanning more than 15 years.
CARACAL’s product portfolio includes pistols, submachine guns, assault rifles and sniper rifles across a range of calibres. CARACAL’s 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.
CARACAL is part of the Missiles & Weapons cluster of EDGE Group, an advanced technology group that ranks among the top 25 military suppliers in the world.
Launched in November 2019, the UAE’s EDGE is one of the world’s leading advanced technology groups, established to develop agile, bold and disruptive solutions for defence and beyond, and to be a catalyst for change and transformation. It is dedicated to bringing breakthrough innovations, products, and services to market with greater speed and efficiency, to position the UAE as a leading global hub for future industries, and to creating clear paths within the sector for the next generation of highly-skilled talent to thrive.
With a focus on the adoption of 4IR technologies, EDGE is driving the development of sovereign capabilities for global export and for the preservation of national security, working with front-line operators, international partners, and adopting advanced technologies such as autonomous capabilities, cyber-physical systems, advanced propulsion systems, robotics and smart materials. EDGE converges R&D, emerging technologies, digital transformation, and commercial market innovations with military capabilities to develop disruptive solutions tailored to the specific requirements of its customers.
Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, EDGE consolidates more than 20 entities into four core clusters: Platforms & Systems, Missiles & Weapons, Electronic Warfare & Cyber Technologies, and Trading & Mission Support.