IMI Systems

IMI Systems Ltd.
Native name
Hebrew: תעש מערכות בע"מ
Israel Military Industries
State-owned enterprise
IndustryArms industry
Founded1933; 86 years ago (1933)
Area served
Key people
Yitzhak Aharonovich (Chairman)[1]
Avi Felder (President and CEO)[2]
ProductsWeapons, combat vehicles, munitions
OwnerElbit Systems
ParentElbit Systems
DivisionsFire Power Division
Maneuverability Division
Small Caliber Ammunition Division

IMI Systems, formerly Israel Military Industries, also referred to as Ta'as (Hebrew: תע"ש מערכות ,התעשייה הצבאית‎), is an Israeli weapons manufacturer. It manufactures weapons, munitions and military technology mainly for Israeli security forces (especially Israel's army, the Israel Defense Forces or IDF).

The historical logo of IMI Systems until January 2016

Small arms

Manufacturing gun barrels in an IMI factory, 1955

Israel Weapon Industries' small arms are some of the most popular in the world. The Uzi submachine gun is arguably the most popular submachine gun in the world, because of its compact nature and reliability. Overall, the Uzi has the highest sales statistics of all modern submachine guns, worldwide.[citation needed]

The IMI Galil is a compact assault rifle, along with integrating some other design features. The Negev is IMI's main light machine gun. The Jericho 941 is a semi-automatic pistol, while the Tavor is a bullpup assault rifle.

In the 1980s an American firearms designer, Magnum Research, contracted IMI to re-design and manufacture a Magnum caliber (.44 Magnum, .357 Magnum and .50 AE), semi-automatic pistol. The result was the Desert Eagle, a very powerful handgun made famous by Hollywood and first-person shooters.

Other products are created, mainly for use by the IDF. The Uzi, however, is popular with many forces worldwide, while the Galil and Tavor are popular with counter-terrorist forces.

In 2005, Israel Military Industries sold its Magen division (Small Arms Division) to Israeli privately owned holding company SK Group and renamed Israel Weapon Industries.

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