Istiglal anti-materiel rifle


The Istiglal IST-14.5 anti-materiel rifle (also known as the Istiglal) is a recoil-operated, semi-automatic anti-materiel sniper rifle produced by Telemexanika zavodu, subsidiary of the Ministry of Defence Industry of Azerbaijan.[3] The meaning of the word Istiglal is Independence in Azerbaijani.

14.5×114mm ammunition in the Istiglal's magazine
Istiglal Ist-14.5
TypeAnti-materiel rifle
Place of originAzerbaijan
Service history
In service2008–present
Used bySee Users
Production history
DesignerRPE Automatic Lines
Designed2008
ManufacturerTelemexanika zavodu, parent organization Ministry of Defence Industry of Azerbaijan
Produced2008–present
VariantsSee Variants
Specifications
Mass33.8 kg (74 lbs) [1]
28 kg (61.6 lbs) (new version) [2]
Length2256 mm (89")
Barrel length1300 mm (51")

Cartridge14.5×114mm, 12.7×108mm
ActionRecoil-operated, rotating bolt
Muzzle velocity1,132 m/s (3,714 ft/s)
Effective firing range(14.5×114mm)
3,000 m (9,843 ft) - 4,000 m (13,123 ft) +
Feed system5-round detachable box magazine

History


Although developed in 2008, it was only revealed in 2009 during the International Defense Exhibition Fair.[4][5] Its appearance has attracted a huge number of visitors.[6]

The Istiglal anti-materiel rifle uses the powerful 14.5×114mm round.[7][8]

It has been exported to the Turkish Armed Forces and the Pakistan Armed Forces.[9]

Variants


Mubariz

A 12.7×108mm version of the Istiglal 14.5mm anti-materiel sniper rifle introduced by the Ministry of Defense Industry of Azerbaijan. The 12.7mm Mubariz sniper rifle is much lighter in comparison to the Istiglal at 15 kg (33 pounds) with a five-round magazine.[2]

Technical description


The Istiglal can be taken down into 2 separate components for easy transportation.[10][11] The rifle is said to be operable in adverse weather such as rain and dirt with temperature ranges from 50 to -50 degrees Celsius.[10][11]

Users


See also


References


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  3. https://www.armyrecognition.com/april_2020_news_defense_global_security_army_industry/azerbaijan_keeps_producing_military_hardware_to_respond_national_and_international_demand.html
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  6. "International Defense Exhibition Fair (IDEF-2009) was over". Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense. 2009-01-05. Archived from the original on 2010-11-26. Retrieved 2009-07-03.
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  8. Азербайджан готовится представить новую версию снайперской винтовки (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2009-10-15. Retrieved 2009-10-13.
  9. "Necessary to prepare for war inside the country even in Baku, military expert". Archived from the original on 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2010-01-24.
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  12. Rashad Suleymanov (2009-02-10). "Turkey takes interest in Azerbaijan-made sniper rifle". Archived from the original on 2009-06-28. Retrieved 2009-07-03.
  13. "Production of Azerbaijan-made sniper rifle IST-12.7 likely to start in Turkey". news.az. Archived from the original on 2 May 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  14. "В этом году в Турции могут начать производство азербайджанской снайперской винтовки". Archived from the original on 23 August 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  15. "Azerbaycan mühendislerinin yaptığı "İstiklal" snaypırı Türkiye'de seri üretime girebilir". 1News.com.tr. Archived from the original on 2 May 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2011.