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  • Female IDF Combat Soldiers First Equipped with Tavor Assault Rifles
    Posted by Noam Eshel 3:51 PM on Apr 26, 2010

    Soldiers of the IDF "Caracal Cat" Battalion have recently been equipped with the advanced Israel Weapons Industry (IWI) T.A.R. 21 (Tavor) rifle, a new Israeli assault rifle. The Caracal Battalion is an infantry combat battalion composed of male and female soldiers. Although the use of the Tavor has been expanding in the IDF, this will be the first time that female soldiers will be given this weapon. The first IDF combat formation to be equipped with the Tavor was the Givati Infantry Brigade. 

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    The T.A.R. 21 is an Israeli bullpup assault rifle chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO ammunition with a selective fire system, selecting between semi-automatic mode, burst mode, and full automatic fire mode. An integrated grenade-launcher is available.

    Meanwhile IDF elite Special Forces have also received a new weapon, the IWI M.T.A.R. 21 (Micro-Tavor), also designated X-95. A very user-friendly weapon, the Micro-Tavor, can be quickly reconverted by a simple kit from 5.56mm assault rifle to a 9mm submachine gun, loaded with 20, 25 and 32 round magazines. It was designed with special attention to the needs of SOF operating in close encounters and urban environment. Using maximum optimization in miniaturization and human engineering, the weapon enables day and night fighting, without pre-mission preparation and zeroing. Special accessory rails for various sights are also provided.

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    Credits: Yehuda Lakhiani, IDF Spokesman

    Tags: ar99, IDF

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