- Israel Military Industries
company_name = Israel Military Industries (TAAS)
foundation = 1933 (Unoficially)
location_country = flagcountry|Israel
industry = Arms/Defense
Firearms, weapons, ammunition
homepage = http://www.imi-israel.com/
Israel Military IndustriesLtd. (IMI) (also referred to as Taas ( _he. תע"ש), is an Israeli weapons manufacturer. It manufactures firearms, ammunitionand military technology mainly for Israeli security forces(especially Israel's army, the Israel Defence Forceor IDF), although its small arms are very popular throughout the world.
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.
Israel Weapon Industries(IWI) Ltd., small arms are some of the most popular in the world. The Uzisubmachine 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 941is a semi-automatic pistol, while the Tavoris a bullpupassault rifle.
In the 1980s an American firearms designer,
Magnum Research, contracted IWI to re-design and manufacture a Magnum caliber( .44 Magnum, .357 Magnumand .50 AE), semi-automatic pistol. The result was the Desert Eagle, a very powerful handgun made famous by Hollywoodand 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.
IMI has dedicated factories manufacturing
ammunitionfor firearms, artillery(both explosive rounds and rockets), tanks and air-to-ground (both stand-off and direct attack). Many of its products are standard NATO-compatible, but IMI also produces eastern bloc-caliber munitions. IMI is one of the leading suppliers of munitions to the US Armyand other NATO members.
Beside small firearms, the IMI also produces heavy firearms. IMI engages in many upgrade projects for military vehicles (tanks, APCs and other
armoured fighting vehicles). Upgrade components include firepower, survivability and maneuverability .
IMI also produces a wide range of defensive products such as vehicle add-on
armorpackages, landmine clearing systems, and reconnaissancesystems and bridges. It also produces aircraft countermeasures, such as flares, decoys and electronic countermeasurescontrol systems, some of which IMI now offers also for land- and sea-based platforms.
UZIsubmachine gun (and variants)
*Galil assault rifle
Tavorbullpup assault rifle (and variants)
*Negev light machine gun
*SP-21 Barak handgun
Desert Eaglemagnum handgun
**Armor plating coat
Explosive reactive armour
** Tractor protection kit (TPK) for
** Armor kit for
Caterpillar D9bulldozer (LN)
** Iron Fist -
Active protection system(APS) for tanks
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. http://www.imi-israel.com/ProductsFamily.aspx?FolderID=43
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. http://www.mcny.edu/publicaffairs/mpa_emergencystudy.php
Military equipment of Israel
List of modern armament manufacturers
* [http://www.mcny.edu/publicaffairs/mpa_emergencystudy.php/ Metropolitan College of New York ]
* [http://www.imi-israel.com/ Official site]
Israel Weapon Industries: [http://www.israel-weapon.com Israeli Weapons Industry] (formerly IMI small arms division)
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