Italian Ministry of Defense announced that the Italian Air Force Special Operations forces are in the process of receiving Arad assault rifles and Negev 7 Light Machine Guns made by the Israeli company IWI. The Spanish website Defensa.com reported that for the first time in Italy, the 17th Stormo Incursori unit that is part of the st Special Operations Air Brigade, will be equipped with hundreds of Israeli Arad assault rifles in caliber .300 Blackout.
Israel Defense has learned that 800 Arad rifles worth about half a million euros will be delivered in 2022-2023.
The website ads that the Negev 7 LMG to be delivered to the Italian unit are in 7.62x51mm caliber. The Arad assault rifles that the 17th Stormo Incursori will receive are a 9.5-inch barrel variant that benefits from a suppressor made of stainless steel and titanium to generate minimal sonic boom on its shots.
IWI did not provice any response to this news.