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MA series rifles manufactured by Myanmar Defense Industries

Designer= EMEC (Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Corps)

First appearance : The rifles first appeared in early 1990s. Improvements were made in subsequent years whereas designations were known as MkI MkII MkIII etc. Bullpups are of recent manufacture. Manufacturer : Myanmar Defense Industries

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Variants MA-1 MkI & MkII assault rifles, MA1 MkIII bull pup assault rifle

MA-2 MkI & II Light machine guns with drum type magazine, MA2 Mk III LMG Bullpup type, 

MA-3 MkI & Mk II sub-machine guns,

MA-4 MkI & II assault rifles with grenade launchers. MA4 MkIII Bullpup assault rifle with grenade launcher.

General specifications

Weight=MA1 MkII 4.92 kg (all loaded), MA1 MkIII 4.2 kg, MA2 Mk1 5.53 kg, MA2 MkIII 4.95 Kg MA3 MkII 4.79 kg, MA4 MII 6.41 kg

Cartridge=5.56×45mm NATO caliber=5.56mm

action=Gas-operated, rotating bolt rate=650 rpm range=400 m feed=30-round detachable STANAG magazine, 30 round detachable plastic drum magazine. sights=Iron sights

EMEC is a designation of unknown origin for weapons production in Myanmar. The Defense Industries are the usual manufacturers of arms in Myanmar. The earlier K series rifles were said to be manufactured under Daewoo Industries of South Korea but the news were unfounded. It is probable that MA series rifles are manufactured from Galil rifles as they all use the reliable Soviet AK type operating systems. The weapons are presently in use in Laukkaing region, eastern Shan State, against Kokang armed group and its allies.


EMER K-1 is a designation rumoured to be made under license by Daewoo Industries which is unfounded. MA series rifles are said to be similar to Israeli Galil rifles.

The Myanmar troops that have the earlier MA-1 rifles were said to be dissatisfied as these were prone to jamming. Subsequent improvements were made on the weapons.

See also[edit]



  • V. Kenneth. "Burmese Small Arms Development". Small Arms Review, August 2009. Pg. 79.
  • "Burma Making Small Arms". The Irrawaddy. AUGUST 1998 - VOLUME 6, NO.4

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