IMI Systems

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IMI Systems, previous Israel Military Industries, also referred to as Ta'as (Hebrew: תע"ש מערכות ,התעשייה הצבאית), was an Israeli weapons manufacturer. It manufactured weapons, munitions and military technology mainly for Israeli security forces (especially Israel's army, the Israel Defense Forces or IDF).

IMI Systems Ltd.
Native name
Hebrew: תעש מערכות בע"מ
FormerlyIsrael Military Industries
TypeState-owned enterprise
IndustryArms industry
Founded1933; 89 years ago (1933)
FateAcquired by Elbit Systems
SuccessorElbit Systems Land
Area served
Key people
Yitzhak Aharonovich (Chairman)
Avi Felder (President and CEO)
ProductsWeapons, combat vehicles, munitions
OwnerGovernment of Israel
DivisionsFire Power Division
Maneuverability Division
Small Caliber Ammunition Division
SubsidiariesAshot Ashkelon Industries
IMI Trading
IMI Services
IMI Academy

On 25 November 2018, Elbit Systems completed the acquisition of IMI Systems and renamed it to Elbit Systems Land.

The historical logo of IMI Systems until January 2016

Small armsEdit

Manufacturing gun barrels in an IMI factory, 1955

Israel Weapon Industries' small arms are some of the most popular in the world. The Uzi submachine gun is arguably the most popular submachine gun in the world, because of its compact nature and reliability. Overall, the Uzi has the highest sales statistics of all modern submachine guns, worldwide.[citation needed]

The IMI Galil is a compact assault rifle, along with integrating some other design features. The Negev is IMI's main light machine gun. The Jericho 941 is a semi-automatic pistol, while the Tavor is a bullpup assault rifle.

In the 1980s an American firearms designer, Magnum Research, contracted IMI to re-design and manufacture a Magnum caliber (.44 Magnum, .357 Magnum and .50 AE), semi-automatic pistol. The result was the Desert Eagle, a very powerful handgun made famous by Hollywood and first-person shooters.

Other products are created, mainly for use by the IDF. The Uzi, however, is popular with many forces worldwide, while the Galil and Tavor are popular with counter-terrorist forces.

In 2005, Israel Military Industries sold its Magen division (Small Arms Division) to Israeli privately owned holding company SK Group and renamed Israel Weapon Industries.

Other productsEdit

Entrance to IMI headquarters

IMI has dedicated factories manufacturing ammunition for firearms, artillery (both explosive rounds and rockets), tanks and air-to-ground (both stand-off and direct attack). Many of its products are standard NATO-compatible, but IMI also produces eastern bloc-caliber munitions. However, for the past the weapons have not been STANAG compliant.

Besides small arms, the IMI also produces heavy weapons. IMI engages in many upgrade projects for military vehicles (tanks, APCs and other armoured fighting vehicles). Upgrade components include firepower, survivability and maneuverability.

IMI also produces a wide range of defensive products such as vehicle add-on armor packages, landmine clearing systems, and reconnaissance systems and bridges. It also produces aircraft countermeasures, such as flares, decoys and electronic countermeasures control systems, some of which IMI now offers also for land- and sea-based platforms.




Machine guns/pistolsEdit

Semi-automatic pistolsEdit

Missiles and launchersEdit

Tank gunsEdit

Bombs and grenadesEdit


Armor add-onsEdit

Security trainingEdit

IMI also provides military training to the Israeli citizens. IMI contracts its services to outside countries that need security and military training. The clients come to IMI in Israel for months of security and V.I.P. training.[2]

Defective cluster bombs used by GeorgiaEdit

IMI manufactured cluster bombs, which were sold to foreign nations including NATO countries. A study by Human Rights Watch found Israeli-manufactured cluster bombs were used by Georgia during its war with Russia. Most bombs in the run were found defective, and were dropped in at least 9 residential areas. Pentagon sources identified to Haaretz the manufacturer as IMI.[1][3]

Metropolitan College of New YorkEdit

Israel Military Industries also has a partnership with the Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) in New York City. Metropolitan College of New York offers a classroom based Master's In Public Administration in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. In addition, all students go to Israel for an intensive study abroad seminar covering Homeland Security and Anti-Terrorism topics with Israel's top security and military experts.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Yossi Melman (Nov 4, 2008). "Human Rights Watch Charges Georgia Used Defective Israeli-made Cluster Bombs". Haaretz.
  2. ^ [1] Archived April 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Georgia: More Cluster Bomb Damage Than Reported". Human Rights Watch.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-09-03. Retrieved 2008-07-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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