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IWI seeks buyers for new assault rifles

22nd April 2020 - 15:30 GMT | by Arie Egozi in Tel Aviv

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The Arad and Carmel assault rifles recently developed by Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) are attracting interest abroad among militaries – especially in Asia – that are looking to replace their infantry weapons.

In India, for example, the 382 infantry battalions in the army require new assault rifles. The acquisition process has been mired in delays since it began in 2005, although sources indicated to Shephard that it will resume later this year.

The Indian Army recently purchased the IWI Negev light machine gun and IWI in 2019 established a local JV called PLR, working with Indian conglomerate Adani.

The local production facility in India is capable of manufacturing different types of weapons for the armed forces of India and other countries in the region.

According to IWI, the Arad is designed for use by infantry and SOF units. The rifle is available in 7.62x35mm Blackout (300BLK) and 5.56mm calibres (with others to follow), and it is equipped with a picatinny rail interface to enable the use of a variety of optics and other attachments. The picatinny rail is an integral part of the upper receiver of the rifle.

Arad boasts several advanced features to aid operational flexibility. Fully ambidextrous, the rifle consists of a short-stroke gas piston with a gas regulator in two or three positions, which allows constant operation in all environmental conditions. A two-step enhanced trigger ensures comfort and shooting accuracy, according to IWI.

The lightweight Arad weighs 2.85kg and is available now in barrel lengths of 292mm and 368mm. It will soon also be offered with barrel lengths of 419mm and 508mm. The 300BLK version comes with a 241mm barrel.

IWI launched the 5.56mm Carmel in 2019 during the LAAD exhibition in Brazil and the company claims several export customers already.

This multipurpose, modular, 5.56x45mm calibre assault rifle for modern warfare is ‘ideal for manoeuvres between different combat zones and for extended combat duration’, said Ronen Hamudot, VP of marketing of IWI. He added that the rifle is designed for minimal operator- and armourer-level maintenance.

Carmel has an adjustable check rest and can be fired with a folded stock. Like Arad, it is a fully ambidextrous weapon with a safety lever, magazine release, bolt catch and non-reciprocating charging handle that can be easily changed from side to side by the user in seconds. It also has an enlarged trigger guard for easier access by a soldier wearing gloves.

Arie Egozi

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Born in Israel, Arie Egozi served in the IDF and holds a political science and …

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