The United Arab Emirates has pushed for the long-pending contract for 93,895 Close Quarter Battle (CQB) Carbines for Indian Army won by its state-owned firm, Caracal, during the recent visit of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, ThePrint has learnt.
Sources in the know said the matter came up during the talks held with the Indian delegation led by Jaishankar, and the UAE has pitched the deal under the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
“The issue of the pending deal for carbines did come up. The deal is in progress,” a source said.
Officials in the External Affairs Ministry, however, remained tight-lipped when ThePrint reached for a formal comment on the matter.
The CQB Carbines, with short barrel, are meant for operations in urban environment and room interventions, especially in counter-terrorism operations like in Jammu and Kashmir.
The UAE has been pushing hard for the deal in which Caracal had emerged as the lowest bidder in 2018 for a contract that was supposed to be fast-tracked.
ThePrint had reported on 15 September that the Defence Ministry had decided to scrap this deal and proceed under the ‘Make in India’ initiative.