Start of production of Israeli assault rifles in Georgia delayed

According to Moshe Oz, owner of Israeli company CAA Industries, at the moment it is nothing more than public relations by the Eurasian country

Start of production of Israeli assault rifles in Georgia delayed

Georgian Defense Minister Juansher Burchuladze (C) and CAA's owner Moshe Oz (R) at the signing ceremony. Photo: MOD Georgia

Israel Defense reported last week that the Georgian minister of defense announced to the Georgian media that the Eurasian country intends to start producing Israeli M4 rifles at a local factory before the end of 2021. And during the week, the Georgian Ministry of Defense posted a video on social media showing the defense minister signing an agreement with Moshe Oz, owner and CEO of Israeli tactical accessory manufacturer CAA. The accompanying message said that a ceremony was held in which an agreement was signed between the Georgian Ministry of Defense and the "Jewish" company to manufacture M4 rifles as part of the Israeli-Georgian joint venture Delta.

However, CAA's owner Oz denies that such an agreement exists. According to him, at the moment it is nothing more than Georgian public relations, and in fact nothing has been agreed upon or signed. Oz said that he has owned a weapons manufacturing plant in Georgia since 2010, but the plant is old and not operating. The idea, he said, is to reactivate it and produce for the Georgians any product they want within the framework of the law and the Israeli military export regulations. As for what was shown in the video, Oz said an agreement was signed between the Georgian Ministry of Defense, CAA and the American company Blue Stone, which he says is part of the American military industry, to open a plant that will supply CAA products to both the Georgian and American markets. 

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