Israeli Special Forces Defense Contractors Guide

While a small country in both size and population, Israel has a vast and advanced defense industry, manufacturing a wide variety of products, from small arms and tactical gear to advanced ground and air platforms. Further, reflecting Israel's complex defense situation, many Israeli-made products feature a unique combination of innovation and affordability.

The following guide features key Israeli defense contractors, which supply the Israeli Special Forces with weapons and gear, as well as links to the specific  isayeret pages dedicated to specific products, including extensive photo gallery of real world usage.

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Azimuth

Now part of Elbit, Azimuth was a manufacturer of electro-optical gear, known for ATLAS, the standard stabilization platform for many Israeli target acquisition systems.

 

Agilite

Marom Dolphin and Agilite are Israel's leading manufactures of  tactical textile, specializing in vests and plate carriers. From the 1980's to mid-2000's this space was dominated by KATA, which was formed in the early 1980's by former IDF SF operators. KATA made significant contributions to the design of the renown Israeli reconnaissance vest, and served as supplier of choice for tactical textile products to Israeli SF units. However, in 2005 KATA was bought by Vitec, discontinued its defense product lines and shifted focus to professional camera bags. In KATA's absence, Marom Dolphin and later Agilite became Israel's leading tactical textile manufacturers. Source is another major Israeli provider, primarily of backpacks and hydration systems.

 

Camero

A SK subsidiary, Camero is a manufacturer of see-through-walls radar imaging solutions, which are used for a variety of tactical and rescue applications.

 

CAA

CAA, FAB and TDi are Israel's leading manufacturers of weapon accessories. Collectively, they make most weapon accessories used in Israel, including stocks, pistol grips, forward grips and rail systems.

 

Defense Industries International (DFNS)

A group of privately owned defense companies, specializing in tactical textile and ballistic protection. The group comprised of Achidatex, Export Erez and Rabintex.

 

Elbit

Israel's largest privately owned defense contractor. Thorough organic growth and multiple acquisitions (including El-Op, Tadiran Communication, Azimuth and ITL), Elbit has become a major player in both domestic and foreign defense markets. The company manufactures a wide variety of high-end products, from command, control, communications and computers to UAV and weapon systems. The company had many leading innovations in SF related products, including the Sniper Synchronization System (Sincrofire) and one of the first military grade red dot sights (Falcon). The company is also the primary contractor and integrator of the IDF Future Soldier program.

 

FAB

See CAA.

 

Fibrotex

Fibrotex is the Israel's leading manufacturers of camouflage solutions, including the IDF renown personal camouflage suits.

 

Fobus

Fobus, Front Line and IMI Defense are Israeli specialized manufacturer of holsters.

 

Front Line

See Fobus.

 

Hydro-Noa

Along with SAN, Hydro-Noa is Israel's leading manufacturer of tactical breaching and rescue tools.

 

Israeli Weapon Industries (IWI)

As part of IMI privatization, its small arms division was sold to the SK Group and rebranded as IWI. The company manufactures most of IMI legacy products including Uzi, Negev, Galil and Jericho, but is focused on its flagship product - the Tavor. In recent years IWI also modernized most of its legacy products.

 

Israeli Military Industries (IMI)

A government owned contractor, IMI is renowned by its former small arms division which manufactured famed weapons such as the Uzi and the Galil. Few years ago, IMI small arms division was sold to the SK Group as part of a privatization process, and was rebranded as IWI. Today, IMI manufactures a wide variety of defense products from compensators and sound suppressors to small arms ammunition and advanced rockets and missiles. The company also makes the smart munitions which are part of the IDF Future Soldier program.

 

IMI Defense

See Fobus.

 

International Technology Lasers (ITL)

Now part of Elbit, ITL was a manufacturer of electro-optical devices, which offered a wide range of products from range finders to aiming devices. During the 1980's and the 1990's ITL was the primary provider of laser pointers to the IDF. In recent years, the company gradually shifted its focus from laser aiming devices, such as its renown AIM1 family, to higher-end devices including target acquisitions systems, thermal night vision devices and future soldiers platforms.

 

KATA

See Agilite.

 

Marom Dolphin

See Agilite.

 

Meprolight

A SK subsidiary, Meprolight is Israel's leading manufacturer of tactical electro-optical gear, including sights, night vision and CID. Meprolight is the manufacturer of the IDF standard issue red dot sights - the Mepro 21, MOR, M5 and GLS203. In addition, the company also produces night vision optics, from monocular NVG to thermal weapon sights. In recent years, Meprolight acquired Pulse Inteco and New Noga Light.

 

New Noga Light

See Meprolight.

 

ODF Optronics

ODF was a manufacturer of tactical intelligence gathering solutions, which allowed operators to safely and remotely view and assess the situation inside buildings, caves, tunnels and other hard to reach locations. The company was since shut down and is known for its EyeBall R1 and the EyeDrive UGV.

 

Pulse Inteco

See Meprolight.

 

RAFAEL

A large government owned defense contractor, RAFAEL manufactures a wide variety of advanced products from missiles to avionics systems. Within the Israeli SF community it is known for its Simon door breaching solutions and the MATADOR rocket launcher.

 

Roboteam

Founded by former ODF employees, Roboteam is Israel's leading manufacturer of UGV.

 

SAN

See Hydro-Noa.

 

Samy Katsav (SK) Group

A group of privately owned defense companies, including IWI, Meprolight and Camero.

 

Source

See Agilite.

 

Tadiran

An Elbit subsidiary, Tadiran is a leading manufacturer of tactical communication and radio devices, including the IDF standard issue tactical radio - the PRC-624 and its successor the PRC-710. The PRC-710 is also a key component of the IDF Future Soldier program.

 

TAR Ideal

TAR Ideal is a major importer of various tactical gear to Israel. In recent, the company began to design and manufacturer its own tactical gear, and is known for its rappelling gear and electro optical devices. 

 

TDi

See CAA.

 

Zikitec

Zikitec is a small manufacturer specializing in sniping-related gear. Some of the company gear is manufactured in partnership with larger Israeli contractors such as FAB and Marom Dolphin.