Panama Commandos using Tavor X95s at Fuerza Comando 2017

by Miles

Recent imagery of the Latin American-based special operations competition organized by U.S. South Command has shown that some members of the Panamanian contingent were using 5.56x45mm IWI X95 select-fire carbines during the small arms live fire portion of the course. In particular, there were only two Commandos of the Panamanian team that were pictured with the X95s with a tan FDE finish. The other team members ran through the carbine portions with 5.56x45mm NATO M4 carbines as they had been doing every year. However for the competitors running the X95s, it appears they actually came from a different branch of service than the M4 wielding teammates, due to the uniforms (Multicam versus digital) and gear they were donning.

From the Defense Media Activity-

Optics used on the X95 was a variant of the Meprolight holographic line in addition to an EoTech magnifier mounted behind it. Note the Glock 17 with grip tape affixed to it.

These images from the Panamanian Twitter pages of MinSeguridadPA and SENAFRONT.

Notice the KRISS Vectors occupying most of the image with the FDE X95 barely visible in the second rank.

Panama is one of the few countries in the world that doesn’t have a military but instead a self-defense force and in particular a border force that has seen action with the FARC rebel group on the border with Colombia. Known as the SENAFRONT, this border security group has been pictured with IWI X95s in a black finish since at least April of 2015 when images appeared on the group’s Twitter page indicating the presence of the carbine with them. However, upon inspection of some of the photographs, it appears that the Commandos using the X95s have a unit insignia unlike any of the battalions in SENAFRONT.

Can anyone identify this shoulder patch?

This image depicts back X95s in use by the SENAFRONT in 2015.


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  • Rychastings Rychastings on Jul 27, 2018

    it is quite nifty looking. if only it was lighter

  • FirstFreedom FirstFreedom on Jul 31, 2018

    I'm not 100% certain about the patch above, but it's similar to the "Dobermano" patch from the 80's. They were a special hybrid unit that was used to maintain public order and for a time served as bodyguards for La Piña (the pineapple a/k/a Manuel Noriega). The Dobermanos and Noriega had a falling out before the US invasion in '89. Anyway, the unidentified patch looks like it might be a derivative of the patch worn by the Dobermanos.