Indian marines get Tavor

Last month India received a consignment of 500 IMI Tavor TAR-21 rifles and 30 Galil sniper rifles worth $4 million. The rifles are destined for India’s Navy Marines. Space War reports

India’s navy marine commandos start using Israeli-made TAR-21 assault rifles and Galil sniper rifles this month after receiving the $4 million consignment in December.

Technicians from the manufacturer, Israel Military Industries, and the Indian Defense Ministry have been assembling and inspecting the rifles, readying them for induction, a spokesman for the navy’s Marine Commandos, MARCOS, said.

[ Many thanks to Danny for emailing me the link. ]

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  • Roy

    I’m surprised at the cost. Just averaging it out across all guns, $4M/530 comes to about $7,547 per rifle. Doesn’t this seem very high? I mean, don’t get me wrong — I’m Israeli, and I’m sure these rifles are excellent ( 🙂 ), but I’d somehow have assumed it’d have been closer to something like, say, $1000 for the Tavors and $4000 for the Galil sniper rifles, which would total only about $620,000. What am I missing?

    • Charles Griffin

      Graft. India is famous for it. Unfortunately. The money will be paid out and some of it will come back to line a few individual’s pockets.

  • Rex

    7550 per rifle? Damn. No wonder Charles Daly went broke bringing the Tavor to the US… 🙂

  • chris

    If you divide 4,000,000 BY 530 that makes the cost of each rifle $7,547.17. Must be REAL nice rifles.

  • Lance

    Only a small number of Indian Marines will use them remember they also are getting Gailils as well most units have there own weapon in the Indian military. Some still use FALs.

  • NewAgeOfPower

    I guess the Indian black ops realized that the INSAS is such a piece of sh** that they must hang national pride and use effective weapons.

  • This is only part of the order. This was the summary I put on my blog, also dealing with the possibility of a much bigger Indian small-arms order in prospect:

    Special forces belonging to the Indian Navy and Air Force are taking delivery of two Israeli small arms: the 5.56mm Tavor TAR-21 and the 7.62mm Galil sniper rifle. Some 1,500 Tavors have been bought (500 for the Marines, 1,000 for the AF’s Garud Commando Force). This is in addition to the 3,070 Tavors already in service with the Army’s special forces. The Marines are acquiring about 30 Galils, the Air Force about 60; the Army already has 130.

    The Indian MoD has despatched a Request for Proposals to 39 overseas vendors in support of the Army’s requirement for 44,618 5.56mm CQB carbines, plus 33.6 million rounds of ammo. Bids to be submitted by 27 June this year. Bids should allow for technology transfer to allow for the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board to manufacture 380,000-400,000 of the guns to replace the 9mm SMGs. This is a repeat of an earlier effort to acquire such weapons, which failed to get much response, probably because of the technology transfer and offset requirements. Specifications released are for a weight of less than 3 kg, RoF 600 rpm, effective range 200m, operates in -20 to +45 degrees C temperature range, has Picatinny accessory rail for various sights – and a bayonet.

  • Lance

    @ Roy i agree. the reason IDF forces have mixed units with some TAVORs some Galils and some M-16s is that some need a rifle for differnt inviroments like TAVOR urban M-16 open terrain. the cost as well affects which IDF units have which rifle.

  • The Tavors are only for the Indian special forces, and will be their standard 5.56mm assault rifle. The Galils mentioned are 7.62mm sniper rifles, with an entirely different function.

    The Indian Navy special forces are also looking for a “marinised” 7.62mm assault rifle. The gun, sights and other accessories have to be immediately ready for use after being submerged for an extended period.

    The Indian Army (excluding special forces) will continue to use the domestic INSAS which is currently their standard 5.56mm assault rifle.

  • bernard

    around $7000/piece seems too steep of price, but like some replies above have mentioned. I do believe it come w/ packages like spareparts, extra clips, training, warranty… stuff like that.
    Well, isn’t HK m416 and G36 prices roughly the same?

  • subase

    Well the Israel Military Industries is no Heckler and Koch, apart from slightly modifying AK’s and FAL’s, their only real claim to fame is the Uzi. (Desert Eagle is useless, Jericho a CZ-75 design).

    In addition Israel is known to be very skilled in propaganda. The Tavor being the best rifle in the world is obviously exaggerated to justify the high price. The Indians returned the first batch of Tavors, so obviously they are no AK’s.

  • @subase

    The Indians were among the first to use the Tavor, and effectively field-tested it. It is not exactly unknown for problems to emerge with any new automatic gun design when it first gets into the hands of soldiers – very few survive that experience unscathed!

  • TAR-21 is most suitable rifle for Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian navy. Except TAR- 21 the rifles which are availabled till 2011, must be phased out. TAR-21 must be replaced in those rifles. Only TAR-21 must be searved till 20 years(2031) in all the armed force of India…

  • Tar 21 is the most suitable rifle for Indian Armed Force..

  • bill

    tavor looks good. I hope it’s a good gun overall. I’m here to talk about how our military and police handle their weapons. The main guns used are AK, INSAS, LMG ie L1A1 ie FN FAL. The AK in service are all very old. Insas is ok but it weigh more than 4 kg with it’s 20 round mag. I haven’t seen a 30 round mag.
    And then scopes can be fitted but are only issued to sniper/marksman. So everyone else has to use iron sight.
    About police, they are the most dangerous thing for law abiding citizens. They don’t know anything about gun safety. Usually they hold their fully automatic rifles over their shoulder with finger on the trigger. I get very scared among this policeman, not because i did something wrong, but i fear accidental discharge. And general policemen carrying AKM AKMS INSAS is an overkill anyway. Believe it or not. 3 or 4 Policemen on patrol never bother to pay for food drinks on the roadside stall.
    I went to a military exhibition once in lucknow. Among several bombs, guns, ammo, sight etc. There was AKMS, i asked them and all the military men says it an AK47. And to my surprise i found a east german MPi/KMS 72 , they told me it,s AK47

    • ALBY

      man in india all the AK derivatives are called ak47s.apart from east german aks they use bulgarian,and romanian ones also plus russian ak103s.they may be old but the soldiers keep them in good condition coz they are the most favoured rifle of infantry.
      Marcos prefer AK coz they are resistant to water unlike 5.56 calibre rifles.