New weapons of Indian Army: NEGEV Machine gun

Defence News: We bring you “New weapons of Indian army” series. We will present small and large, all new weapons of Indian army for you to know. These deadly weapons are mostly “made in India” . Today we cover NEGEV machine gun by Israels IWI, manufactured by Punj Loyd & IWI joint venture. The weapon will be manufactured in both LMG 5.56X45mm and NG-7 LMG 7.62X51mm configurations.

Image: IWI

Deadly machine guns are what stops the enemy in tracks when it comes to light arms at troop levels. We talked about the TAVOR manufacturing plant in India, the same plant will make this gun. Both LMG caliber weapons will be made for forces of India including Indian Army (LMG 5.56X45mm and NG-7 LMG 7.62X51mm configurations)

The gun can be Fed from an assault drum, belt chain or magazine (magazine for NEGEV 5.56X45mm caliber models only) and Quickly dismantles for maintenance. It comes with Safety mechanisms, Back-up iron sights and low observable design for stealth shooting.

We bring the following information from the manufacturer(IWI);

World’s lightest Machine Gun

  • The only light machine gun with semi-automatic mode
  • Powerful target acquisition
  • Accurate performance even in extreme conditions

The NEGEV (5.56X45mm and 7.62X51mm) is a robust and reliable assault Light Machine Gun with powerful target acquisition and accurate performance. The Negev is not only the world’s lightest machine gun but it is the only semi-automatic mode version in the market to date. Deployed by the IDF, the Negev’s semi-automatic features empower its operators with safer Close Quarter Battle (CQB). The heavier NG-7 is described as “The NEGEV NG-7 is based on the reliable NEGEV 5.56 LMG and it is the only Light Machine Gun 7.62X51mm with a semi-automatic mode, empowering its safe use in Close Quarter Battle (CQB) as well. It is fired from an open bolt position and is drum fed. ”

The NEGEV LMG has been battle-proven worldwide under adverse and extreme environmental conditions. Being light-weight, the Negev enables agile movement and accurate targeting, particularly in urban areas. Its large caliber contributes to better fire power as well as advanced penetration of walls and light-armored vehicles.

Army LMG advantages are mentioned:

  • Two operation modes; semi-automatic for accurate fast-controlled fire in CQB and automatic for maximum firepower
  • Safety mechanisms minimize uncontrolled fire
  • Different firing options; special helicopter airborne, vehicle or naval mounts
  • Tritium night sights
  • Picatinny rails for optical devices and diverse accessories
  • Firing is possible with folded butt stock

Features of the LMG for Indian Army

  • Gas regulator for additional power in adverse conditions
  • Fed from an assault drum, belt chain or magazine (magazine for NEGEV 5.56X45mm caliber models only)
  • Robust and durable bipod
  • Quickly dismantles for maintenance
  • Adjustable butt stock and cheek rest
  • Safety mechanisms
  • Back-up iron sights
  • Low silhouette

Written by Baldeva Singh

Baldeva Singh is a tough talking nationalist who has a flair for writing. Defence matters, technical details on weapons and war scenarios are his key expert areas. Baldev is known to walk the talk in his personal life. He is from Patiala (Punjab). His friends call him a “blunt weapon” but he is often found reading old books when free!

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