Georgia to produce M4 assault rifles and drones in 2022

Georgia has announced its plans to start producing unmanned aerial vehicles and M4 assault rifles (or M4A1 ?) in 2022, JAMnews reports from Tbilisi.
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U.S. marine Pfc. Saul Aguilar-Ortega fires his M4 carbine at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Sept. 2, 2020 (Picture source : U.S. DoD)

Georgian Defense Minister Juansher Burchuladze announced that Georgia is currently in talks with South African, Polish and Israeli companies (without naming them), as well as NATO member-states to clarify some technical details and launch the Defense Forces-2030 Program: “In order to guarantee a high-quality and adequate supply for the program, it is important to launch local production and ensure its continuous development”, the minister said.

An agreement to launch the production of drones will be signed in 2021, and the production will start in 2022. No manufacturer nor model has been mentioned, though. Juansher Burchuladze added that the production of M4 assault rifles within the framework of the joint Georgian-Israeli Delta enterprise is expected to begin at the end of 2021.

Juansher Burchuladze mentioned that, in February 2021, the Georgian army, with the support of the United States, received machine guns and grenade launchers.