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Israeli-developed bulletproof grenade reaches IDF

August 29, 2012 03:06

The grenade, developed jointly by the IDF and IMI, is the product of a painful chapter in the IDF’s history.

Bulletproof grenade

Bulletproof grenade 370. (photo credit:IDF)

A new grenade is being introduced into the IDF that does not explode even if struck by a bullet. The grenade, developed jointly by the IDF and Israeli Military Industries, is the product of a painful chapter in the IDF’s history.

In March 2010, the Golani Brigade’s Battalion 12 came under fire from terrorists in Gaza while patrolling the security fence between Israel and the Strip. A bullet fired by terrorists struck a grenade that being carried by the late Maj.-Gen. Eliraz Peretz, who was deputy commander of the battalion. The grenade exploded upon impact, killing Peretz and St.-Sgt. Ilan Sviatkovsky.

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“After this incident, the IDF, the Munitions Branch began developing a new type of grenade, one that does not explode when a bullet strikes it,” Captain Ziv Berger, Light Ammunition Officer in the IDF, told The Jerusalem Post.

“This is the new safety feature in the grenade, and what makes it unique,” he added. Remarkably, the improved grenade model retains the same size and weight of its predecessor, and no additional training is required for soldiers to know how to use it.

“The changes were made inside,” Berger explained. During tests carried out, gunfire was directed at the grenade. “The results were good,” Berger said. “Friendly countries have already expressed an interest in it,” he added. A quantity of the new grenades has been introduced into services among IDF units, and the upgraded model should replace all grenades in the military within 10 to 15 years, Berger said.
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