Caracal International LLC, with headquarters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is planning to establish a production facility in Anápolis, Goiás State, Brazil. An MO (Memorandum of Understanding) was signed last October between that company and Delfire Indústria e Comércio de Extintores Ltda, a local manufacturer of fire extinguishers, to take the first official steps toward that goal, which also has the political support of the Goiás State Government. Although no exact details have been announced, it is believed that production would initially involve CKD (Complete Knock-Down) components, and that Brazilian-made guns might start coming out of assembly lines in about 12 months.
Considering the strict limitations imposed on Brazilian citizens in firearms ownership and use, it is a sure bet that Caracal is primarily aiming at the local LE market, mainly now that Forjas Taurus is under close legal scrutiny with reference to the large number of accidents caused by pistols (mainly the 24/7 series) firing after being accidentally dropped. More details in https://vitimasdataurus.com/.
It should be recalled that previous attempts by Glock and CZ to produce pistols in Brazil have not been successful, the same fate hitting an attempt by a local company, Militaria, to make the Sig Sauer P250 in the country. However, the Taurus troubles mentioned above may result in a different outcome.
Significantly, sample Caracal guns are already being tested and demonstrated in Brazil, as shown in the pictures below obtained by TFB (the guy firing a CAR 816 in full-auto is a member of the Goiás State Civil Police’s Grupo Tático 3, or G.T.3., the SpecOps team):