by SI Staff - Wednesday, March 07, 2012
The company will present its Assault Rifles including the X95, the TAVOR and ACE 5.56 families, and the NEGEV family of Light Machine Guns (LMGs) - including its newest model, the NEGEV NG7.
According to IWI's CEO, Uri Amit, "IWI has been cooperating closely with many countries in Latin America over the years, and is the main supplier of light weapons to a number of armed forces and law enforcement agencies in the region. This fruitful cooperation enables us to learn from experience and to continue to develop the best-suited solutions for their specific requirements. At FIDAE, we will be showcasing our capabilities in the areas of LMGs and Assault Rifles, and are presenting weapons that are considered best-of-breed, based on their reliability, strength, and versatility. They are all in service with dozens of the most advanced armies and law enforcement agencies in the world, including the IDF (Israel Defense Forces)."
The X95 - which can be used as an Assault Rifle, Carbine or Sub-Machine Gun (SMG) - will be showcased at IWI's booth. Designed for Special Forces, the X95 was developed in close cooperation with elite units and tailored to their specific requirements. Created to deal with modern terror threats, as well as urban and open area combat - all in one mission, the X95 is the standard Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Assault Rifle. Exceptionally reliable in even the harshest weather conditions, and combat-proven by many armed forces around the world, the X95 complies with the most stringent NATO standards for small arms, including environmental standards. Incorporating advanced technology that allows the conversion from 5.56mm caliber to 9mm caliber and vice versa, soldiers can use the same weapon platform for a wide array of scenarios, thus saving training time and spare parts, and reducing overall costs.
Also to be displayed at IWI's booth is the TAVOR 5.56 mm family of Assault Rifles - versatile, innovative, and technologically advanced weapons that have been extensively proven on the battlefield, performing with precision and reliability, and meeting the needs of human ergonomics. The TAVOR family was also developed in close cooperation with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), based on lessons learned from actual combat. Complying with the most stringent NATO standards for small arms - including environmental standards and harsh conditions - the TAVOR is in service in the IDF Infantry and Special Forces as well as in other countries throughout the world. It has a bull pup configuration, a barrel length and weapon size that cover all soldier's fighting ranges - from 500 meters to indoor operations, fighting from vehicles, urban areas, etc. Among its additional features, the TAVOR's body is made of strong, modern composite materials, and its metal parts are corrosion-resistant. It maintains zeroing at all times, even when converting from day optics to night optics. It also has an integrated reflex sight attached directly to the barrel, and can be comfortably used by either left or right-handed shooters.
IWI will also showcase its ACE family of 5.56 NATO and 7.62 NATO Assault Rifles, which are based on the exceptionally reliable mechanism of the very successful GALIL assault rifle. Blending enhanced human engineering and ergonomics with the demands of the modern battlefield - and providing both automatic and semi-automatic fire modes - the ACE has been extensively battle-proven under the harshest conditions, worldwide. The short, lightweight assault rifle comes in three lengths. Its four picatinny rails act as a platform to mount a wide array of optical devices and other accessories. Air cooled and gas operated, the rifles are easy to use by right or left-handed users, are simple to maintain without special tools, and include night sights and telescopic and/or foldable butts.
The NEGEV NG7 - the newest in the company's NEGEV LMG family - includes a semi-automatic firing mode that enables accurate fire in combat situations, including ambush, Close Quarter Battle (CQB), and when shooting via telescope - and is the only 7.62 NATO machine gun with semi-automatic capability. The NEGEV NG7 shares almost 80 percent of its components with the smaller NEGEV 5.56 NATO caliber - IWI's exceptionally successful and reliable LMG - which is deployed in dozens of countries around the world including Israel. In automatic mode, its rate of fire is over 700 bullets per minute. Remarkably lightweight (weighing less than 8 kilograms), it can be fired from a variety of mounts, including special mounts on helicopters, land vehicles, and naval vessels.
A range of additional firearms will be displayed at IWI's booth, including the 7.62 NATO GALIL Sniper SA, the 9mm UZI SMG (Sub-Machine Gun) family including the recently introduced – UZI PRO, and the JERICHO pistol family.
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