Defence News: We continue to bring to you details about Indian Army’s weapons and weapon systems which forms part of upgrades our beloved force is getting. This time we cover the Galil Semi-automatic sniper rifle from Israel’s IWI. This versatile 5.46 kg rifle helps shoot targets from a distance and is quite useful for both high value target hunting and war time sniping alike.
The gun was designed by Yisrael Galil and Yaacov Lior in the late 1960s. The Galil series of weapons is in use with military and police forces in over 25 countries. Then Israel was looking for a new automatic rifle that would offer the same benefits of low-maintenance as the AK-47 but with the accuracy of the M16 and FAL and hence the Galil automatic rifle was born. The sniper is based on the same rifle. You can say it fires NATO specification ammo from an improved Russian AK47 (well almost). The regular rifle’s fire selector switch has three positions: S-A-R. S for Safety, A for Automatic and R for Repeating modes. The gun can be sound suppressed using a silencer.
- TECHNICAL DATA
Model: GALIL SNIPER S.A.
Caliber: .7.62X51mm (NATO) match
Rifling: 6 RH grooves, 1:9.5″ twist
Barrel length (mm): 584 (23″) (including muzzle brake)
Total length unfolded (mm): 1,100
Total length folded (mm): 840
Weight (Kg) (weapon only): 5.46
- Foldable and adjustable tripod
- Adjustable hand grip
- Adjustable butt monopod
- Ergonomic pistol grip
- Foldable butt stock with adjustable cheek rest
- Combat carrying case with snipers mattress in the bag
- Backup sights with tritium for night fighting
- X10 Std Day telescopemuzzle brake and jump compensator
The gun will be manufactured in India by Punj Lloyd in partnership with IWI, through a Joint venture under technology transfer arrangement. The plant has already been inaugurated and production begins this year. Besides the army, other security forces will also be looking at taking the new IWI weapons in their stock. Punj Lloyd has invested approximately $52 million in defense manufacturing and has invested $4 million for this particular business