IDF continuing to acquire Micro Tavor assault rifles 

IWI, owned by Israeli businessman Samy Katzav, will continue to sell Micro Tavor rifles to the IDF. "The decision, the Ground Forces Command pointed out, was made as part of the annual work plan," a report by the IDF said

IDF continuing to acquire Micro Tavor assault rifles 

Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

Despite various reports over the last few days regarding the acquisition of light weapons by the IDF, a check by the writer of this article has found that the IDF is continuing to acquire the Micro Tavor assault rifle made by Israeli company IWI. 

The decision is part of a multiyear plan that was reported yesterday (Sunday) on the IDF website (Hebrew only). The decision to acquire additional Tavor rifles was made as part of work at the headquarters on finding the best weapons for combat troops, the report said.  

"The decision, the Ground Forces Command pointed out, was made as part of the annual work plan," which calculates, among others, economic considerations, suitability for the purpose of the force, and compatibility for active duty and the reserves, according to the report. 

The Tavor, which is manufactured in Israel and is being used by many IDF infantry units and brigades on a variety of fronts, will also be distributed to combat troops of relevant units in upcoming rounds of recuitment.    

The weapons division of the Ground Forces Command was quoted as saying "We are very satisfied by its capabilities," adding that the rifle performs very well and has proven itself.   

IWI, established by Israeli businessman Samy Katzav, currently operates as part of the group of companies that he runs. The Micro Tavor rifle was developed jointly with the IDF.  In its latest configuration, the rifle is suited for both urban and modern battlefield warfare. 

The Micro Tavor has been used in recent IDF operations including Operation Protective Edge and the Second Lebanon War. It has a 380mm barrel length and a flattop rail that enables the attachment of accessories and a grenade launcher. The 9mm version is being used by elite IDF units. 

In addition, the weapon has been sold, among others, to U.S. police forces, the Thai Army, India, Cyprus, and countries in Latin America. A semi-automatic version has been sold in Europe.    

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