Istiglal Anti-Material Rifle

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Istiglal Ist-14.5 (Independence)
istiglal
Type Anti-materiel rifle
Place of origin Azerbaijan Azerbaijan
Service history
In service 2008–present
Used by See Users
Production history
Designer RPE Automatic Lines
Designed 2008
Manufacturer Azerbaijani Defense Industry
Produced 2008–present
Variants See Variants
Specifications
Weight 33.8 kg (74 lbs) [1]
28 kg (61.6 lbs) (New Version) [2]
Length 2256 mm (79.33 in)
Barrel length 1300 mm (51")

Cartridge 14.5x114mm, 12.7x108mm
Action Recoil-operated, rotating bolt
Muzzle velocity 1,132 m/s (3,714 ft/s)
Effective firing range (14.5x114mm)
3,000 m (9,843 ft) - 4,000 m (13,123 ft)+
Feed system 5-round detachable box magazine

The Istiglal IST-14.5 Anti-Material Rifle (also known as the Istiglal) is a recoil-operated, semi-automatic anti-material sniper rifle developed by the Azerbaijani Defense Industry. The name Istiglal means Independence in Azerbaijani.

gun of istiglal

History[edit]

Although developed in 2008, it was only revealed in 2009 during the International Defense Exhibition Fair.[3][4] Its appearance has attracted a huge number of visitors.[5]

The Istiglal anti-material rifle uses the powerful 14.5x114mm round.[6][7]

It has been exported to the Turkish Armed Forces and the Pakistan Armed Forces.[8]

Variants[edit]

Mubariz sniper rifle: A 12.7x108mm version of Istiglal 14.5mm anti-material sniper rifle introduced by Ministry of Defense Industry of Azerbaijan. The 12.7mm Mubariz sniper rifle is much lighter as compared to the Istiglal at 15 kg (33 pounds) with a five round magazine.[2]

Technical description[edit]

The Istiglal can be taken down into 2 separate components for easy transportation.[9][10] The rifle is said to be operable in adverse weather such as rain and dirt with temperature ranges from 50 to -50 degrees Celsius.[9][10]

Users[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Modern Firearms
  2. ^ a b "Bigger Is No Longer Better". strategypage.com. May 22, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Azerbaijan-produced sniper rifles and armors to be demonstrated at an exhibition in Istanbul". Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  4. ^ "Products being produced in the Facilities of the Ministry of Defense Industry will be showcased for the first time in the 9-th International Defense Exhibition Fair". Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense. 2009-04-24. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  5. ^ "International Defense Exhibition Fair (IDEF-2009) was over". Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense. 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  6. ^ a b "Azerbaijan to produce new version of Istiglal rifle". Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  7. ^ "Азербайджан готовится представить новую версию снайперской винтовки" (in Russian). Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  8. ^ a b c "Necessary to prepare for war inside the country even in Baku, military expert". Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  9. ^ a b "Azerbaijan’s "Istiglal" rifle becomes interesting for the world". 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  10. ^ a b "AZERBAIJAN’S "ISTIGLAL" RIFLE BECOMES INTERESTING FOR THE WORLD". 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  11. ^ Rashad Suleymanov (2009-02-10). "Turkey takes interest in Azerbaijan-made sniper rifle". Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  12. ^ "Production of Azerbaijan-made sniper rifle IST-12.7 likely to start in Turkey". news.az. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "В этом году в Турции могут начать производство азербайджанской снайперской винтовки". Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "Azerbaycan mühendislerinin yaptığı "İstiklal" snaypırı Türkiye’de seri üretime girebilir". 1News.com.tr. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 

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