By Arie Egozi
Israel Weapon Industry (IWI) sees Latin America as a big potential market for its products. The company will show case its products in the LAAD exhibition next week.
In focus will be the leading NEGEV NG7- 7.62mm caliber Light Machine Gun (LMG) with semi-automatic mode and the advanced TAVOR-X95 bullpup rifle. The NEGEV NG7 is deployed in dozens of countries around the world including Israel, and has been combat-proven in a number of battle arenas. It is based on the NEGEV 5.56mm LMG and designed to meet the modern battlefields requirements. The NEGEV NG7 includes a semi-automatic firing mode that enables accurate fire in combat situations, including ambush and Close Quarter Battle (CQB) when shooting via telescope and is the only 7.62 LMG caliber with single bullet firing capability.
In automatic mode, its rate of fire is over 700 rounds per minute. Exceptionally lightweight (weighing less than 8 kg), it can be fired from a variety of mounts, including special mounts on helicopters, land vehicles, and naval vessels.
Features include a gas regulator for additional power in harsh conditions such as mud and dirt, tritium night sights, Picatinny rails for optical and other devices, and four safety mechanisms to minimize unwanted fire.
According to the Israeli company , the NEGEV NG7 – which delivers remarkable MTBF and a long service life – is drum or belt-chain fed, fires from an open bolt position, and is easily dismantled for maintenance in the field.
The TAVOR-X95 rifle is an innovative firearm that was created and developed in close collaboration with elite units of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). As the standard IDF assault rifle it is exceptionally reliable in even the harshest weather conditions, and complies with the most stringent NATO standards for small arms. The TAVOR-X95 is offered in three calibers – 5.56mm, 300 BLK and 9mm – with an option for a 9mm conversion kit. The TAVOR-X95 platform incorporates a tri-rail forearm covered by three removable vented rail covers. The TAVOR-style grip is modular and can be easily converted to a pistol grip as well. The charging handle has also been relocated closer to the shooter’s center mass and the ambidextrous magazine release, which enables a firing hand magazine release.
The TAVOR-X95 features a lightweight trigger pull, weighing around 3 kilos.