How Israel Takes America's Best Weapons of War and Makes Them Even Better

The Israel Defense Forces field a wide variety of American military equipment, due to significant amounts of American military aid to Israel. However, American equipment has not always been the best suited to the tough desert and urban conditions encountered by the IDF. As a result, American equipment in Israeli service is often extensively modified to fit the IDF’s unique mission. Here are some unique derivatives of American equipment that the IDF fields.

1. MAPATS Antitank Missile

5 Most Deadly Israeli Guns (Uzi Made the Cut)

Much of Israel’s history has, for better or worse, been written with guns. From the 1948 War of Independence to today, Israeli forces have used firearms to defend the state or its interests on almost yearly basis. Images of Israeli forces rushing the West Bank in 1967 or escorting rescued hostages from Entebbe are synonymous with the Jewish State, and some of Israel’s weapons have become quite famous in their own right. Here are five of Israel’s deadliest, and most famous firearms.

Uzi Submachine Gun

America Needs to Rethink Who It Sells Arms To

Ask anyone who served onboard U.S. naval vessels in the Persian Gulf in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and they’ll probably tell you that there wasn’t that much that frightened them. Truth be told, the countries in the region were no match for Uncle Sam. On April 18, 1988, for example, Operation Praying Mantis pitted nearly all of the ships in Iran’s navy—three of them, plus some speed boats—against a handful of American combatants, and aircraft from the carrier Enterprise. It wasn’t much of a fight.