Israel Weapon Industries

Israel Weapon Industries

Infobox Company
company_name = Israel Weapon Industries
company_type = private [ [] ]
foundation = 1933 (Unoficially)
location_city = Ramat HaSharon
location_country = flagcountry|Israel
key_people =
industry = Arms/Defense
products = Firearms, weapons
revenue =
num_employees =
homepage = []

Israel Weapons Industries (IWI), formerly the small arm "Magen" division of the Israel Military Industries Ltd. (IMI) (also referred to as Taas ( _he. תע"ש), is an Israeli firearms manufacturer. It manufactures firearms mainly for Israeli security forces (especially Israel's army, the Israel Defence Force or IDF), although its small arms are very popular throughout the world.

In 2005, the Small Arms Division of IMI was privatized as Israel Weapon Industries Ltd. (IWI). IWI is part of a group of companies that develops and manufactures a wide array of products used by armies and law enforcement agencies everywhere. IWI's weapon systems include the Uzi submachine gun, Jericho and Barak handguns, the Negev light machine gun, Galil and Tavor assault rifle lines.

All these firearms have been weapons of choice of top military units and law enforcement agencies throughout the world.

Israel Weapon Industries firearms are developed in close collaboration with the Israel Defense Forces. IWI and the IDF establish joint R&D teams to create these weapons, whose ultimate configuration is the product of ongoing interaction, field tests, and modifications resulting from combat requirements.


The history of IMI goes back to the era of the British Mandate of Palestine, when the Jewish underground at the time (the Haganah) resorted to manufacturing illegal weapons. Some therefore claim that the nucleus of IMI was formed as early as 1933.

Small firearms

Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., small arms are some of the most popular in the world. The Uzi submachine gun is arguably the most popular submachine gun in the world, because of its compact nature and reliability. Overall, the Uzi has the highest sales statistics of all modern submachine guns, worldwideFact|date=February 2007.

The IWI Galil is a compact assault rifle, along with integrating some other design features. The Negev is IMI's main light machine gun. The Jericho 941 is a semi-automatic pistol, while the Tavor is a bullpup assault rifle.

In the 1980s an American firearms designer, Magnum Research, contracted IWI to re-design and manufacture a Magnum caliber (.44 Magnum, .357 Magnum and .50 AE), semi-automatic pistol. The result was the Desert Eagle, a very powerful handgun made famous by Hollywood and first-person shooters.

Other products are created, mainly for use by the IDF. The Uzi, however, is popular with many forces worldwide, while the Galil and Tavor are popular with counter-terrorist forces.


*UZI submachine gun (and variants)
*Galil assault rifle
*Tavor bullpup assault rifle (and variants)
*Negev light machine gun
*Jericho 941 handgun
*SP-21 Barak handgun
*Desert Eagle magnum handgun

ecurity Training

IMI is also teaches Anti-Terrorism Training to the Israeli citizens as part of the national defense. Moreover, IMI contracts its services to outside countries that need security training and anti-terror training to protect assests and high ranking officials. The clients come to IMI in Israel for months of security and V.I.P. training.

Metropolitan College of New York - MPA in Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Israel Military Industries -IMI- also has a parternship with the Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY)in New York City. Metropolitan College of New York offers a classroom based Master's In Public Administration in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. In addition, all students attend Israel for an intensive study abroad seminar covering Homeland Security and Anti-Terrorism topics with Israel's top security and military experts.

Information about the Metropolitan College of New York Homeland Security program can be found on the website.

ee also

*Military equipment of Israel
*List of modern armament manufacturers
* [ Metropolitan College of New York ]

External links

* [ Official site]
* [ Israeli Weapons Industry]
* []


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