Defense Industry Daily notes that India’s Special Forces, after a lengthy and trouble-filled initial implementation, are set to begin receiving the Tavor-21 Assault Rifle (TAR-21) into service.
Tests in Israel during 2006 went well, clearing the contracted consignment for delivery. The new TAR-21s will have a ‘modified’ single-piece butt and new sights, as well as Turkish-made M203 40mm under-barrel grenade launchers (UBGLs). Singapore Technologies will supply the 5.56mm ammunition.
The standard Tavor, which the Indians are buying, is chambered for the 5.56 NATO cartridge (using standard mags) and is also available in a short-barrel model for commanders, paratroopers, and vehicle crews. Other models available are a 9mm version and a 5.56 NATO designated marksman configuration (pictured above right).