Israel Weapon Industries
(privatized in 2005)
Number of employees
|Over 500 in Israel|
It was founded in 1933. Formerly owned by the State of Israel, in 2005, the Small Arms Division of IMI was privatized and renamed IWI.
IWI is one of the world's most famous and bestselling military arms manufacturers. The Magen division rose to international prominence in the 1950s, as the creator of the Uzi, of which over 10 million would be produced, netting billions of dollars for the company. Subsequent well known military exports have included the Jericho 941 semi-automatic pistol, Negev light machine gun, Galil assault rifle, Tavor assault rifle, and the DAN .338 sniper rifle.
IWI develops and manufactures guns used by armies and law enforcement agencies around the world.
For many decades, IWI and the Magen division of Israeli Military Industries before it, has manufactured its weapons in Ramat HaSharon. The factory has for many years been regarded an important component of the manufacturing sector in Ramat HaSharon. In 2017, IWI announced it is planning to construct a new factory in Kiryat Gat, to which its manufacturing will re-locate when completed in 2020. The new Kiryat Gat factory, whose construction will cost NIS 180 million, will employ 560 full-time production workers and engineers on its assembly lines.
IWI owns several factories overseas, for the manufacture of weapons for local markets. In India, IWI is establishing a joint-manufacturing center with Punj Lloyd (with IWI owning 49% of the plant, and Punj Lloyd owning 51% of the plant), which will be India's first privately-owned small-arms manufacturing plant. The factory will manufacture firearms for the Indian army. IWI said in 2017, that it expects tenders with the Indian army in the region of $200–300 million.
IWI also operates a manufacturing facility in Middletown, Pennsylvania USA. They locally manufacture the Zion Z-15 AR15, Tavor and Galil rifles, TS12 15+1 round semi-automatic shotgun as well as the Zion SBR, Jericho, Masada and Galil pistols, among others. 
|Desert Eagle||Semi-automatic pistol||1982|
|Dror||Light machine gun||1946|
|Galil ACE||Assault rifle||2008|
|Jericho 941||Semi-automatic pistol||1990|
|MAPATS||Anti-tank guided missile||1984|
|Negev||Light machine gun||1985|
|Negev NG-7||General-purpose machine gun|
|SP-21 Barak||Semi-automatic pistol||2002|
|Tavor 7||Bullpup battle rifle||2017|
|Tavor TAR-21||Bullpup assault rifle||2001|
|Tavor TS12||Bullpup semi-automatic shotgun||2018|
|Tavor X95||Bullpup assault rifle||2009|
|Tavor X95 SMG||Bullpup submachine gun|
|ZION-15||AR-15 style rifle||2020|
IWI offers anti-terrorism training to Israeli citizens and contracts its services to outside countries requiring security training and anti-terror training to protect assets and high-ranking officials. IWI collaborates with the Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) in New York City, which offers a classroom-based MA degree in Public Administration, Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
- "The success of the 'Tavor' has taken us by surprise" Amir Rapaport | 10/03/2014
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- From missile boats to machine guns Ora Coren, Dec. 31, 2010, Haaretz
- Hackathorn, Ken (1995). "Using the Uzi". Fighting Firearms (Soldier of Fortune) 3 (1): 18–23
- Israel Weapon Industries website Archived 2013-04-04 at the Wayback Machine
- Not only layoffs: A security plant will be transferred from Ramat Hasharon to Kiryat Gat Matan Tzuri, Published: 07.07.17, ynet
- India's first private sector small arms manufacturing plant inaugurated in Madhya Pradesh Published: 4 May 2017
- Katsav will run for tenders worth hundreds of millions of dollars in India Yuval Azoulay, 07.05.2017, Globes
- "Meet the IWI Masada 9 mm Striker-Fired Pistol". Retrieved 15 March 2018.
- "IWI US ZION-15 semi-automatic modern sporting rifle, IWI's first AR-15". Retrieved 22 January 2020.
- "IWI NOW APPARENTLY IN THE AR PISTOL BIZ". Retrieved 4 September 2020.
- Security training Archived 2008-04-27 at the Wayback Machine
- "Emergency and Disaster Management Degree – Metropolitan College of New York". Archived from the original on 3 September 2006.