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IWI Negev

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Machine gun

  • ORIGIN
    Israel

  • NICKNAMES
    Negev SF (nickname for Negev Commando)
    Assault Negev (nickname for Negev Commando)
    Fort-401 (Ukraine)

  • DESIGNED
    1985 - 1988

  • DESIGNER
    Israel Military Industries

  • PRODUCTION
    1995 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    Israel - Israel Weapon Industries

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Limited size and weight
    Rugged and reliable
    Semi-automatic fire ability
    Quick change barrel
    Ability to launch muzzle grenades
    Heavier than Minimi
    High rate of fire
    Difficult to mount accessories on early models

Introduction

The Negev is a modern light machine gun of Israeli origin. It was developed in the 1980's by Israel Military Industries to replace the Galil ARM light support weapon in Israeli service. The size and performance are practically similar to the widely used Belgian Minimi.

Design

The Negev is a gas operated weapon that uses a short stroke gas piston and a rotating bolt. Externally the Negev looks quite similar to the Belgian Minimi. It is a belt fed weapon that feeds from the left and alternatively Galil type box magazines can be used by inserting them in the magazine well in the bottom. Unlike most light machine guns the Negev is also capable of semi-automatic fire.

Firepower

The Negev fires the 5.56x45mm NATO round from belts or box magazines. Normally assault pouches with 150 round belts are fitted to the weapon. Galil magazines can be inserted in the magazine well and STANAG magazines can be used if an adapter is fitted. The gas regulator has three positions: one for 650 to 800 rounds per minute, one for 800 to 950 rounds per minute and a third for launching muzzle grenades.

Users

In 1995 the Negev was officially adopted by the Israel Defense Force. It is the standard light machine gun in Israeli service and was to fully replace the MAG in infantry and vehicle use, a plan which has now been postponed. The Negev has been exported to various nations.

Variants

Negev Commando

The Negev Commando is a compact version of the full size Negev. It is fitted with a shorter barrel and instead of a bipod a side grip is fitted. Due to the modular design the Negev Commando can be reconfigured to the standard Negev. Late production models feature a sight rail and have the rear sight moved to the top of the belt cover.

TypeLight machine gun
Caliber5.56x45mm NATO
MagazineBelt fed or 35 round magazines
OperationGas operated, open bolt
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire700 - 850 rpm (gas 1), 900 - 1.150 rpm (gas 2)
Barrel length330 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 178 mm twist
Muzzle velocity850 m/s
StockFoldable
Length890 mm / 760 mm
Width60 mm
Height?
Weight7.0 kg
SightsIron sights, post front and aperture rear, 100 - 800 m gradations, 440 mm sight radius
Remarks-

Negev

The full size Negev is the standard model. It is fitted with a longer barrel than the Negev Commando and a bipod is fitted as standard. Due to the modular design the Negev can be reconfigured to the Negev Commando. Late production models feature a sight rail and have the rear sight moved to the top of the belt cover.

TypeLight machine gun
Caliber5.56x45mm NATO
MagazineBelt fed or 35 round magazines
OperationGas operated, open bolt
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire700 - 850 rpm (gas 1), 900 - 1.150 rpm (gas 2)
Barrel length460 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 178 mm twist
Muzzle velocity915 m/s
StockFoldable
Length1.020 mm / 890 mm
Width60 mm
Height?
Weight7.6 kg
SightsIron sights, post front and aperture rear, 100 - 1.000 m gradations, 440 mm sight radius
RemarksBipod

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