Skip to comments.The IDF will equip its troops with the new Tavor assault rifl
Posted on 07/24/2002 6:12:03 AM PDT by SJackson
The IDF will equip its troops with the new Tavor assault rifle, manufactured by Israel Military Industries.
Globes' correspondent 23 July 2002
Hebrew daily "Yediot Ahronot" reports that the IDF will equip its troops with the new Tavor assault rifle, manufactured by Israel Military Industries (IMI), the IDF Army Headquarters decided yesterday. The decision will shortly be sent to IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Yaalon for approval.
Most IDF troops currently use the obsolescent US M-16 or Israeli Galil rifle. The IDF decided a new, more advanced rifle was needed. The two alternatives were the Tavor and the M-4, an updated version of the short M-16. The advantage of the M-4 is it could be bought with US military aid.
Both rifles underwent extended testing in the past year. The Tavor was given to soldiers in the Givati infantry brigade, and the M-4 to the Nahal infantry brigade. Both rifles saw operational use in the fighting in the territories.
Yesterday, GOC Army Headquarters Maj.-Gen. Yiftah Ron Tal convened a meeting that decided that the Tavor will be the IDF's next rifle. The IDF will shortly open negotiations with IMI to finalize delivery details.
The Tavor is equipped with an Israeli-built integral reflex optical reflective sight. The rifle's rearward center of gravity provides easy aiming, including in the standing position. The rifle passed many firing tests, proving effective in difficult field conditions. Givati infantrymen, who have used the Tavor for months, have heaped praise on the new rifle, saying it was very comfortable, accurate and always reliable on the battlefield.
TAR-25 (Tavor Assault Rifle)
CTAR-25 (Commando Tavor Assault Rifle)
STAR-25 (Sharpshooter Tavor Assault Rifle)
Gee, where do you suppose they got the money for this?
Gotta love it.
MACV SOCOM, PhuBai/Hue '65-'66
Looks like you started typing as soon as you saw the story had something to do with Jews.
The money's all in one pile, dude.
Wait and see if anybody else buys this bullpup? Interesting....
The Galil is actually a hybridized AKM, it incorporates elements of Stoners AR15/AR180 also. The AK cadillac is probably the Valmet.
The AUG and French FAMAS, along with the SA80, are the only other bullpups adopted by major armies, of the three only the AUG has been successfully exported.
Interestingly I've heard little about this rifle in the small arms press, it's been developed quietly.
M4 MWS or SOPMOD is a more flexible choice but perhaps this rifle will be successful.
The IDF is generally intolerant of crap, apparently unlike the UK MOD.
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