Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) will unveil its newly developed Light Machine Gun (LMG), the NEGEV NG7, at the upcoming DefExpo India 2012 and FIDAE International Air & Space Fair 2012 to be held in Santiago, Chile..

IWI CEO Uri Amit said the NEGEV NG7 provides improved ergonomics as well as component reliability, which together with its characteristics make it an effective lightweight 7.62 LMG available for infantries.

"The NG7 is already generating interest among our customers, and we have received many requests to test it," Amit added.

Based on the NEGEV 5.56mm calibre gun, the new 7.62mm NEGEV NG7 is the newest member of the NEGEV LMG family featuring a semi-automatic mode, and is capable of pinpoint, single bullet shooting for firing accuracy.

The combat-proven gun shares almost 80% of its components with the NEGEV 5.56mm calibre LMG, currently deployed by several countries worldwide including Israel.

Weighing less than 8kg, the gun can be fired from a variety of mounts, including special mounts on land vehicles, helicopters and naval vessels.

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The semi-automatic firing mode enables accurate fire in combat situations, including ambush or Close Quarter Battle (CQB), and an automatic mode that allows maximum firepower for infantry combat.

Additional features include a gas regulator for enhanced power in harsh conditions such as mud and dirt, tritium night sights, picattiny rails for optical and other devices, and four safety mechanisms to minimise uncontrolled fire.

The NEGEV NG7 is an open bolt LMG that can be fed by a belt, assault drum or a Nato/Galil magazine, and can be easily dismantled for maintenance in the field.

The gun has been manufactured by IWI in cooperation with the Israel Defence Forces (IDF).