The Tavor Bullpup and Galil rifles won’t be the only assault rifles in the lineup of IWI (Israel Weapon Industries). Last Wednesday, September 4, 2019, the company introduced the ARAD rifle and it is an AR-style rifle (do I hear groans of “Not another AR!”?). It is a short-stroke gas piston with a 2 position gas regulator for regular or suppressor use.
Available in Black and FDE colors, this will be marketed to military and law enforcement organizations around the world and being a multi-caliber rifle, it is able to use 5.56X45mm and 300 Blackout rounds with the quick detach barrel but what is seen in the product images is the 5.56x45mm version. According to the European Defence Review it is available with barrel lengths of 292mm (11.5”) and 368mm (14.5”). There will be plans for other lengths such as the 419 mm (16.5″) and 508 mm (20″) with other calibers planned in the future.
ARAD is taken from the name of the Arad, the city in the Southern District of Israel and 25 kilometers west of the Dead Sea.
AllOutdoor.com got an exclusive look at the rifle and were able to shoot the rifle at the DANI HI shooting facility in Hadera, Israel which you can read here.
As always, players would dream of having an airsoft version. So far, Umarex has the licence to making the IWA Tavor rifle, will it try to make an ARAD airsoft version?
Here are the pertinent information on the rifle from IWI:
- Short-stroke gas piston
- 2 position gas regulator – Regular/Suppressor use
- Optional: MIL-STD 1913/M-LOK accessory rails at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions
- Hard-anodized monolithic aluminum MIL-STD 1913 Rail in the upper receiver
ADVANTAGES AND BENEFITS
OPTIMIZED ERGONOMIC DESIGN
- Designed for minimum operator and armorer level maintenance, thus reducing maintenance and life cycle costs
- 100% interchangeability, reducing the overall costs of the system
- All the metal parts of the weapon are corrosion resistant
- Hammer-forged, chrome-lined, free-floating barrel, for enhanced accuracy & life cycle
- Quick detachable barrel – barrel can be replaced by a user in a matter of seconds
- Uses any NATOMIL STD 5.56 Steel, aluminum or polymer magazines
- Retractable polymer stock
- Highly ergonomic pistol grip
- Fully Ambidextrous weapon
- 4 points along the rifle for QD or Cord attachments
- Caliber: 5.56X45mm
- Rifling: 6 RH Grooves, 1:7″ twist
- Barrel length (mm) : 292 (11.5″)
- Total length, butt retracted (mm): 720
- Total length, butt extended (mm): 800
- Weight (pprox.. Kg) (w/o magazine): 2.85
- Rate of fire (pprox.. Rd./min): 700~1100