EDGE Group entity, CARACAL, a leading firearms producer in the GCC region, unveiled the CARACAL LIGHT MACHINE GUN 556 (CLMG 556) at the 16th edition of the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX 2023) which concluded in Abu Dhabi Friday.
The new CLMG 556, chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO, is a belt-fed, fully automatic developed by CARACAL. Weighing around 7.8 kg, the open bolt gun features an advance long stroke gas piston system.
Hamad Alameri, CEO of CARACAL, said: “The new CLMG 556 has been an exciting project for us. As the first machine gun to be developed in the UAE, the CLMG 556 has been developed with the end-user in mind. Modularly, ergonomics, weight, accuracy and durability have been the factors underpinning its development and thanks to our strong R&D (Research & Development) team, latest technology prototyping and advanced manufacturing methods, the CLMG 556 has hit the mark in all these areas.”
The CLMG 556 has been developed using the latest rapid prototyping and precision manufacturing technology, giving it similar modularity, durability and weight-saving features seen with other CARACAL firearms. It comes standard with a five position telescopic adjustable stock and three position adjustable cheek piece. For attachments, a STANAG 4694/MIL-STD-1913 long rail is positioned at 12 o’clock on the main receiver.
Adding to the CLMG 556’s modern features is a fixed iron sight with range adjustment and built-in bipod that has a three position adjustable height. The CLMG556 has a hammer-forged chrome-lined barrel that comes in three different barrel lengths (13” 16” and 18”), which can be quickly interchanged, providing exceptional durability.
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.