Today, we shine our spotlight on two Indian Troops carrying the Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Negev Light Machine Gun (LMG). In the world of machine guns, light is a relative word. The Negev NG-5 weighs in at 16.9 lbs, about one pound lighter than the US M249 Squad Automatic Weapon.

An IDF soldier with an IWI Negev NG-7 is shown here during the Israel-Hamas war. Image Credit: Wikimedia


Meet the IWI Negev

The IWI Negev, also known as Negev NG-5, is a light machine gun manufactured by Israel Weapon Industries, previously known as Israel Military Industries Ltd. Developed in 5.56×45mm NATO caliber, the weapon is utilized by the Israeli Defense Forces and various other military units worldwide. In 2012, the Negev NG-7 was introduced, chambering the larger 7.62×51mm NATO round, enhancing its capabilities.

Development and Adoption

Originating in 1985 as a project to replace the Galil ARM, the Negev’s development was aimed at producing a reliable and versatile light machine gun. Officially adopted by the Israeli Defense Forces in 1997, the Negev has undergone rigorous testing and improvements over the years.