Israel Ministry of Defense Orders More IWI X95 Micro Tavors for IDF

Matthew Moss
by Matthew Moss
January 14, 2013 Soldiers of the Golani Brigade conduct an exercise in the snowy Mount Hermon. As the brigade of the northern command, Golani is trained in the most extreme conditions. (Shay Wagner, IDF)

Israel’s Ministry of Defense has contracted with Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) for an unspecified number of X95 bullpup rifles. The announcement from IWI explains that the contract will see ‘additional thousands’ of Micro Tavors supplied for the Israeli Defense Force’s infantry brigades.


Here’s IWI’s announcement in full:

Israel Weapon Industries – a member of the SK Group (founded by Mr. Samy Katsav), and a global leader in the production of combat-proven small arms for military, police, law enforcement agencies, and governmental entities around the world, will supply additional thousands of Micro-TAVOR (X95) assault rifles for IDF infantry brigades under a new contract.

The contract was signed with the Israel Ministry of Defense’s Department of Production and Procurement – Ground Weapons Division.

The Micro-TAVOR rifle has been in IDF active duty and reserves service since 2006. Its bullpup configuration platform creates an ergonomic and short firearm with a long barrel, giving it superior ballistics compared to other platforms.

The current order is for the 5.56x45mm caliber Micro-TAVOR with a 380mm and 419mm – barrel length. The firearm is equipped with M-1913 picatinny rails enabling the mounting of essential accessories such as sights, lights, and visual and IR illuminators necessary for modern warfare.

This order joins previous IWI contracts for the IDF, such as the Negev LMG (light machine gun) and the 40mm grenade launcher that can be mounted on to the Micro-TAVOR rifle.

Ronen Hamudot, Executive VP Marketing and Sales of the SK Group said: “We are proud of the IDF’s decision to, once again, choose the small arms advanced solutions manufactured by IWI. This is a fruitful cooperation between the company and the IDF that has been in place for many years, and which reflects the Ministry of Defense’s confidence in SK Group’s solutions in the light weapons sector.

The Micro- TAVOR advanced design and technology was developed in collaboration with the elite units of Israel Defense Forces (IDF). During its development every technological and ergonomic aspect was taken into consideration. We are proud to say that today it is the standard IDF assault rifle”.

Matthew Moss
Matthew Moss

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  • Martin Grnsdal Martin Grnsdal on Jul 20, 2023

    The problem with bullpups is not really a problem. Less advanced units will most often end up in an ambush/knife attack situation, where one mag is usually more than enough to stop the combat. Better trained units, those that engage in more advanced combat situations, will adapt to any weapon issued to them and overcome awkward mag changes.

    Both types of units will all of the time benefit from a shorter and more handy rifle.

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    • VwVwwVwv VwVwwVwv on Jul 22, 2023

      @Martin Grønsdal you don't use automatic fire a lot in the IDF, you have no brrrr, only bang bang bang, ok, if you Brrrr to much you get collateral damage
      and the whole world and israels left would cry bu bu.... ok?

  • Eightysix Eightysix on Jul 21, 2023

    That lunch lady cap has to interfere with peripheral vision at times.