The Storied History of IWI
Eighty years of innovative firearms technology
1933: Israel Military Industry (IMI) begins firearms production in Israel under British Mandate.
1950: First UZI® prototype producted by Uziel Gal.
1972: IMI Galil® adopted by Israel Defense Force (IDF).
1980: Mini UZI® introduced.
1982: Israel-Lebanon War ends and establishes need for close-quarters weaponry.
1990: IMI launches Jericho® 941 pistol.
1994: IMI Tavor® development team launched, headed by Zalman Shebs.
2005: Israeli government decides to privatize small arms division of IMI and christen the company Israeli Weapons Industry (IWI).
2006: IDF infantry begin using Tavor® rifles.
2012: IWI US launched and brings Tavor® SAR to United States.