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We are proud of our close long-term cooperation, where the Indian Army and Security Forces have deployed IWI’s entire line of firearms

Vice president, business development, S.K. Group, Mark Shachar

Vice president, business development, S.K. Group, Mark Shachar What are the types of small and medium arms offered by IWI and the countries that use them? How much does IWI export?
Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd. (which is part of the S.K. group) is one of the world’s leaders, for the past 80 years, in the production and marketing of unrivalled combat proven small arms. The company’s weapon systems include the innovative Tavor family of Assault Rifles, the ultimate two calibre X95 (Assault Rifle & SMG). There is the reliable Negev LMG (Light Machine Gun) family and GPMP (General Purpose Machine Gun) family, the well-known robust GALIL ACE Assault Rifle family, the renowned GALIL SNIPER SA Rifle and the legendary UZI SMG (Mini, Micro and Uzi Pro). We also make the JERICHO family of pistols. All these firearms are combat proven and are weapons of choice of top military units and law enforcement agencies throughout the world. IWI does over half of it sales abroad.

Please tell us about IWI’s presence in India? What are the competitions for small and medium arms that are currently underway?
The Indian Army, as it is built, is one of the biggest armed forces in the world, the army influences and affects the world market in identifying the needs and gaps in the functionalities of light weaponry for modern warfare. This is well reflected in their RFQs and specifications, published by the users. India and Israel share the same unwanted terror assaults on their homeland. This situation leads us both to same demand and tools.

We are proud of our close long-term cooperation, where the Indian Army and Security Forces have deployed IWI’s entire line of firearms. Several forces in India have already chosen IWI products and have them in service; examples are Para SF, SFF, CRPF, BSF, IAF, Navy and many other stats In India. IWI will continue to work together in the future to supply them and other units with the most technologically advanced light weapons available. Two major tenders underway in India, which IWI is competing now, are CQB & Multi Caliber. The main competition in those tenders is against Colt, Berretta, SIG and CZ.
 
 
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