The story of IWI US begins more than 80 years ago when Israel Military Industries (IMI) Ltd. began firearms production in Israel under the British Mandate in 1933. In the late 1950’s, IMI began collaboration with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) with the goal of developing the most technologically advanced small arms systems based upon the demands of troops fighting in urban areas and harsh environments. The unique combat conditions experienced by the IDF required a new paradigm in firearms development. The results included the most innovative and legendary firearm brands used by militaries, law enforcement agencies and security personnel around the world; UZI®, GALIL®, TAVOR®, X95®, NEGEV® and JERICHO®. In 2005 the Israeli government decided to spin off and privatize the small arms division of IMI and the new owners christened the new company Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd.
The joint Research & Development (R&D) team of IWI and the IDF continue to develop small arms based upon the dynamic changes in real-world applications due to the ongoing threat of global terrorism.
The intensive and continuous use of IWI’s product by the IDF and worldwide militaries such as Chile, Colombia, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Georgia, Ukraine, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Nigeria and many more, enable the company to continue to innovate and optimize existing and new products. All of our weapon systems are in compliance with the most stringent military (MIL-STD) and ISO 9000.2008 standards.
IWI US, Inc., launched in 2012, brought the first civilian commercial versions of the Tavor SAR to the United States in the Spring of 2013. The Tavor achieved immediate acclaim, winning the prestigious "Rifle of the Year" award from American Rifleman Magazine. IWI US was also honored by the NASGW (National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers) as inaugural winner of the 2014 Importer of the Year award and The Truth About Guns 2013 Rifle of the Year.
2014 brought the launch IWI US's Law Enforcement Division in the US and saw the adoption of the TAVOR SAR by the first US Law Enforcement agencies. 2015 brings the legendary Galil ACE pistols and rifles, UZI Pro pistols and Jericho pistols to the US civilian market along with the Negev LMG, UZI Pro SMG, CTAR and X95 for LE departments and agencies, greatly expanding the presence and commitment of IWI US to the American firearms marketplace.
IWI US, Inc. is a member of the SK Group, a leading group of global Defense and Security companies that includes: Israel Weapons Industries, (IWI) Ltd.; IWI US, Inc.; Meprolight Ltd. (electro-optical systems); Camero Ltd. (through-the-wall sensing systems), Israel Shipyards Ltd. (ship manufacturing and repair); SIO LLC (armored vehicle sighting systems); Uni-scope Ltd. (Optical periscopes, riflescopes and binoculars); and many more.