Israel Military Industries

Israel Military Industries

Infobox Company
company_name = Israel Military Industries (TAAS)
company_type = Government-owned corporation
foundation = 1933 (Unoficially)
location_city = Ramat HaSharon
location_country = flagcountry|Israel
key_people =
industry = Arms/Defense
products = Firearms, weapons, ammunition
revenue =
num_employees =
homepage =

Israel Military Industries Ltd. (IMI) (also referred to as Taas ( _he. תע"ש), is an Israeli weapons manufacturer. It manufactures firearms, ammunition and military technology mainly for Israeli security forces (especially Israel's army, the Israel Defence Force or IDF), although its small arms are very popular throughout the world.


The history of IMI goes back to the era of the British Mandate of Palestine, when the Jewish underground at the time (the Haganah) resorted to manufacturing illegal weapons. Some therefore claim that the nucleus of IMI was formed as early as 1933.

Small firearms

Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., 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, worldwideFact|date=February 2007.

The IWI 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 IWI 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.

Other products

IMI has dedicated factories manufacturing ammunition for firearms, artillery (both explosive rounds and rockets), tanks and air-to-ground (both stand-off and direct attack). Many of its products are standard NATO-compatible, but IMI also produces eastern bloc-caliber munitions. IMI is one of the leading suppliers of munitions to the US Army and other NATO members.

Beside small firearms, the IMI also produces heavy firearms. IMI engages in many upgrade projects for military vehicles (tanks, APCs and other armoured fighting vehicles). Upgrade components include firepower, survivability and maneuverability .

IMI also produces a wide range of defensive products such as vehicle add-on armor packages, landmine clearing systems, and reconnaissance systems and bridges. It also produces aircraft countermeasures, such as flares, decoys and electronic countermeasures control systems, some of which IMI now offers also for land- and sea-based platforms.


*UZI submachine gun (and variants)
*Galil assault rifle
*Tavor bullpup assault rifle (and variants)
*Negev light machine gun
*Jericho 941 handgun
*SP-21 Barak handgun
*Desert Eagle magnum handgun
*Armor add-ons:
**Armor plating coat
**Explosive reactive armour
** Tractor protection kit (TPK) for Caterpillar D7
** Armor kit for Caterpillar D9 bulldozer (LN)
** Iron Fist - Active protection system (APS) for tanks

ecurity Training

IMI is also teaches Anti-Terrorism Training to the Israeli citizens as part of the national defense. Moreover, IMI contracts its services to outside countries that need security training and anti-terror training to protect assests and high ranking officials. The clients come to IMI in Israel for months of security and V.I.P. training.

Metropolitan College of New York - MPA in Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Israel Military Industries -IMI- also has a parternship with the Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY)in New York City. Metropolitan College of New York offers a classroom based Master's In Public Administration in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. In addition, all students attend Israel for an intensive study abroad seminar covering Homeland Security and Anti-Terrorism topics with Israel's top security and military experts.

Information about the Metropolitan College of New York Homeland Security program can be found on the website.

ee also

*Military equipment of Israel
*List of modern armament manufacturers
* [ Metropolitan College of New York ]

External links

* [ Official site]
* Israel Weapon Industries: [ Israeli Weapons Industry] (formerly IMI small arms division)
* []

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