IWI Introduces New Family of Lightweight, Single-Shot 40x46 mm, Under-Barrel or Standalone Grenade Launchers

, June 5, 2012 - Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) – a leader in the production of combat-proven small arms for governments, armies, and law enforcement agencies around the world – will introduce its new family of grenade launchers, the IWI GL40, compatible with all types of assault rifles, at Eurosatory 2012, June 11-15, Paris, Israel Pavilion, Hall 6, at Booth # CD690. Made of lightweight materials, the system is easy to assemble and operate, and offers a stand-alone option that enables firing separately from the weapon. All IWI's weapon families will be on display at Eurosatory.

Developed in cooperation with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the IWI GL 40 Grenade Launcher - which weighs only 1.400 kg - is a single-shot 40x46mm launcher, ergonomically designed, versatile, and compatible with all types of assault rifles. Available in two barrel lengths - for 400m and 300m range - the GL 40 is designed for low and medium velocity (longer than usual range) rounds. Unlimited feed for most 40mm rounds enables operation in any situation or combat conditions. The stand-alone option enables firing separately from the launcher when it is dismantled from the weapon.

Attaching to the lower rail of the weapon and locking rapidly with the lever, the GL40 can be quickly assembled and disassembled by a single soldier without any additional tools. Due to its side-opening barrel, which allows a simple injection and extraction of the grenade, it can use various lengths of ammunition including long grenades. Picatinny rails on the bottom and sides enable the incorporation of various devices and accessories.

The GL40 is rugged, cost-effective, reliable, and safe. Safety features include a disconnector that prevents firing when the barrel is shut down with the pressed trigger. There is also a safety catch outside the trigger guard. Enhanced ergonomics include a specially-designed handle grip. A reinforced barrel muzzle prevents damage to the weapon.

IWI will showcase all their product families at Eurosatory, including the NEGEV LMG, the ACE, TAVOR, and X95 Assault Rifles, UZI SMG, JERICHO Pistols, and GALIL Sniper Rifles - as well as the recently launched semi-automatic NEGEV NG7 and the UZI PRO SMG.

According to Uri Amit, IWI's CEO, "We are pleased to announce the expansion of our product lines and the addition of our new family of grenade launchers at Eurosatory. We continuously develop new products, using the most advanced technologies, in order to provide our customers with solutions to meet all their small arms needs. Our new grenade launchers are the result of conclusions drawn from existing launchers - and the needs that arose from the field for a launcher that was easy to use and disassemble by the individual soldier, lightweight, and high performance - ensuring highly accurate firing.  We will soon complete the development of additional launchers."

Source: Israel Weapon Industries
Date: Jun 5, 2012