Israel Weapons Industries (IWI) has unveiled its new lightweight, multi-caliber assault rifle, a highly efficient and modular battle rifle ‒ the ARAD 5.56X45mm and 300 Blackout, based on the AR15 platform.
Ronen Hamudot, VP Marketing and Sales at SK Group, said, “In addition to ARAD, a lightweight, multi-caliber assault rifle, we also recently developed the CARMEL ‒ a multi-purpose, modular, 5.56X45mm caliber assault rifle for modern warfare, ideal for maneuvers between different combat zones and for extended combat duration ‒ which has been supplied to many customers around the world.”
According to IWI, the ARAD was designed to address the needs of Special Forces as well as the various infantry forces. It includes several advanced features that enable operational flexibility. Fully ambidextrous, the rifle consists of a short-stroke gas piston with a regulator in two positions, which allows proper operation in all environmental conditions.
A two-step enhanced trigger ensures both comfort and shooting accuracy. Additional features include a hard-anodized monolithic aluminum MIL-STD 1913 rail in the upper receiver. The lightweight ARAD, weighing only 2.85 kg, is available with barrel lengths of 292mm (11.5”) and 368mm (14.5”) and will soon be offered with barrel lengths of 419 mm (16.5″) and 508 mm (20″). The ARAD will also soon be available in additional calibers.
By Arie Egozi
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