IMBEL’s Ca 7.62 IA2 Preparing for Production

    During the recent LAAD 20019 Defence and Security exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, State-owned IMBEL – Indústria de Material Bélico do Brasil announced that the company’s Fábrica de Itajubá (Itajubá Factory), in Minas Gerais State, is currently getting ready to start mass production of its Ca 7.62x51mm IA2 semi-auto carbine. This includes not only tooling up for the process on an internal basis, but also acquiring bulk material for the weapons’ manufacture and contracting third-party suppliers, among other required steps. Formal, official approval of the gun as a “controlled product” by the Brazilian Army was granted in September, 2017 following an intensive test program carried out by the Service’s CAEx – Centro de Avaliações do Exército (Army Evaluations Center), the former, highly-regarded Campo de Provas da Marambaia (Marambaia Proving Grounds), in Rio de Janeiro.

    With the current foldable stock extended, the Ca 7.62 IA2 has an overall length of 800 mm, the cold-forged barrel (4 RH pitch, 1:305 mm) length being 265 mm, flash hider included. A MEPRO M5/MEPRO RDS PRO Red-Dot Sight is fitted to the full-length Picatinny rail on top.

    Primarily aimed at the local military and civil LE market, the IMBEL Ca 7.62 IA2 has inherited the tilting-block breech locking bolt, the firing mechanism and the very same 20-round steel magazine of the FAL rifle that has been manufactured at Fábrica de Itajubá since the mid-1960s, but everything else is derived from the 5.56x45mm IA2 selective fire assault rifle and the semi-auto models, this including a re-dimensioned piston gas system and other mechanical features. Polymers, of course, are found everywhere, such as in the side-folding stock, hand guards, and the pistol grip, which clearly shows less forward inclination than that of the well-known FAL.

    With the buttstock folded to the right, the carbine’s length is 550 mm, which still allows it to be fired in this configuration. The 20-round FAL magazine is a clue to its internals…

    Another Ca 7.62 IA2 in an even more businesslike configuration resting on a front grip/bipod and fitted with a MEPRO MOR Multi-Purpose Reflex Sight with Laser Pointers and, aft, a MEPRO MX3-F X3 Magnifying Scope with Integrated Slide Flip Adaptor. And, just in case, a SureFire KM3 tactical flashlight on the left handguard rail…

    As it usually happens during the development process of new guns, IMBEL’s Ca 7.62 IA2 is frequently equipped with items that may be available as future options. This exclusive TFB photo shows a prototype fitted with a telescopic polymer stock and a carry handle with a Picatinny rail on top, rear and front iron sights being equally raised (photos below).

    Ronaldo Olive

    Ronaldo is a long-time (starting in the 1960s) Brazilian writer on aviation, military, LE, and gun subjects, with articles published in local and international (UK, Switzerland, and U.S.) periodicals. His vast experience has made him a frequent guest lecturer and instructor in Brazil’s armed and police forces.