The Uruguayan Ministry of the Interior acquired some 200 Tavor X-95 rifles, manufactured by the Israel Weapons Industry (IWI), in order to modernize the equipment available to the Uruguayan National Republican Guard Directorate.
Defensa.com reports that the training in the use of these weapons was carried out by an instructor from the IWI, who brought especially to Uruguay for that purpose. IsraelDefense learned that the Uruguayan police also purchased thousands of Tavor rifles from IWI.
The website tells that this line of weapons -- whether in versions X-95 / M-TAR 21, carbine TC-21, or TAR-21 -- is used by various Central and South American security and defense bodies, such as the National Aeronaval Service of Panama / SENAN, the Argentine Naval Prefecture, the Honduran Army and Special Corps (TAR-21), some Brazilian military border corps, in elite units of the Chilean Investigative Police (Anti-Narcotics Tactical Reaction Team / ERTA), Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru and Guatemala.
In the Uruguayan case, it was tested in the Army years ago (copies of initial versions) and, recently, in the Navy and Air Force, where it has generated some interest.
According Defensa.com, at the police level, its acquisition solves a problem generated by the previous government, which acquired, with unusual haste, avoiding bidding and abusively using secrecy clauses in its purchase, 150 Norinco CQ-AC automatic rifles (imitation M-4) for $ 362,100 and a curious addition of $ 450,000 mainly for including ammunition, which, logistically, was much easier to bring from neighboring countries, without transfer restrictions, which the current administration had to cancel, along with numerous other dubious purchases.
IWI has confirmed that X-95 rifles were indeed purchased by the Uruguayan Ministry of Interior.