Israel Weapon Industries IWI NEGEV NG7 LMG/LMG SF Belt-Fed 7.62mm NATO “Light Machine Gun”: Lightweight and Highly-Mobile Select-Fire 7.62x51mm Medium Machine Gun/General Purpose Machine Gun (MMG/GPMG) for Military Infantry Special Operations Forces (SOF) Missions in Urban Warfare Environments (Video!)

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By David Crane
defrev (at) gmail (dot) com

March 11, 2012

Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) has just introduced the IWI NEGEV NG7 “Light Machine Gun (LMG)”, which is a lightweight and highly-mobile select-fire belt-fed 7.62mm NATO (7.62x51mm NATO) Medium Machine Gun/General Purpose Machine Gun (MMG/GPMG) designed specifically for military infantry Special Operations Forces (SOF) missions in urban warfare environments. In urban combat, an infantry machine gunner may need to switch over to semi-auto fire for precision shooting and to avoid unnecessary collateral damage in CQB/CQC (Close Quarters Battle/Close Quarters Combat) scenarios. This is the NEGEV NG7 lightweight advanced machine gun’s raison d’etre, and is currently the only select-fire (full-auto/semi-auto) 7.62mm MMG/GPMG of which DefenseReview (DR) is aware.

Assuming the IWI NEGEV NG7 lightweight 7.62mm MMG/GPMG works as advertised, it will be a welcome infantry warfare tool for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and complement to the IWI NEGEV and NEGEV SF 5.56x45mm NATO (5.56mm NATO) select-fire LMG/SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon) models, especially if/when they end up having to fend off the enemy Arab and Iranian/Persian/Aryan hords in a World War III (WWIII)/Armageddon-style war. In fact, the Negev NG7 appears to be a beefed-up/enlarged Negev 5.56, essentially.

It would be interesting to see if FNH USA (FN Herstal USA) and U.S. Ordnance can develop select-fire versions of the Mk48 MOD 1 and M60E4/Mk43 MOD 1 7.62mm MMGs/GPMGs, respectively, in order to match the NG7 LMG’s combat versatility. If FNH can successfully develop a select-fire MK48, they can obviously do the same with the Mk46 MOD 1 5.56mm LMG/SAW.

While Defense Review is examining hypotheticals, we might as well also ponder the capability and possibility of Singapore Technologies Kinetics (ST Kinetics) (formerly CIS) successfully developing a 7.62mm MMG version of the drum mag-fed (drum magazine-fed)/box mag-fed Ultimax 100 Light Machine Gun (LMG).

The IWI NEGEV NG7 looks pretty good in the pics and embedded video below, but DR will have to T&E it on the firing range to figure out how well it stacks up versus the M60E4/Mk43 Mod 1 and FN MK48 Mod 1.

The NG7 advantages (from the IWI NEGEV NG7 Data Sheet):

• The NEGEV NG7 includes:
– a semi-automatic mode that enables accurate and fast controlled fire for close quarter battle
– an automatic mode that allows maximum firepower for infantry combat
• There are 4 safety mechanisms that minimize the chances of uncontrolled fire
• The NEGEV NG7 can be fired from a varity of mounts, special helicopter airborne mount,
vehicle or sea crafts mounts
• The NEGEV NG7 has a gas regulator for additional power in adverse conditions
• The NEGEV NG7 is fed from an assault drum or belt chain
• Tritium night sights are installed enabling firing in dim light conditions
• The NEGEV NG7 bipod is extremely robust and durable
• The NEGEV NG7 is equipped with picattiny rails for optical
devices and other accesories
• The NEGEV NG7 can be quickly dismantled
on the field for maintenance

IWI NEGEV NG7 Weapon Specs (from Data Sheet):

Caliber: 7.62x51mm
Operation: Open bolt, gas impact on piston head, rotating Bolt
Firing Modes: Safe, Semi-auto, Auto
Feeding System: Box, Assault Drum Belt Feed
Assault Drum Capacity: 100, 125 rds.
Barrel Rifling: 1:12” twist, 4 grooves
Weight (Kg): Weapon only 7.6, 7.5
Overall (OA) Length (mm)l: 1000, 912
Length with Stock folded (mm): 820, 730
Barrel Length (mm): 508, 420
Firing characteristics: Muzzle velocity (approx.) (m/sec) 860, 810
Cyclic Rate of Fire (ROF) (approx.) (rds/min): 850 – 1050 (gas reg. position 1), 950 – 1150 (gas reg. position 2)
Sight: Rear iron sight Aperture, with elevation drum for 300-1000 m (at 100-m intervals), Back up rear sight Post, built in picatinny rail
Front Iron Sight: Post type (Adj. for windage & elevation)
Sight Line Radius: 440 mm

General Features:

Bipod: Telescopic bipod (optional)
Buttstock: Telescopic, foldable (optional)
Assault Grip: Optional – detachable assault grip Detachable assault grip

IWI NEGEV NG7 Lightweight 7.62mm NATO Machine Gun Data Sheet

Company Contact Info:

Israel Weapon Industries Ltd. (IWI)
P.O Box 63 Ramat
Hashron 47100 Israel
Phone: +972-3-7606000
Fax: +972-3-7606001

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