Micro Tavor (MTAR 21) is based on the IWI Tavor Assault Rifle, yet this
small weapon is tailored for the Special Forces market. Its compact
dimensions make this weapon a perfect match for drivers and tank crews. MTAR
was developed in close cooperation with special operations units and is
tailored to their specific requirements and needs.
With length of only 59 cm MTAR21 is considered
to be the shortest 5.56mm weapon in the market yet its barrel is only five
centimeter short of the assault rifle version, thus offering accurate fire
at contingencies. Utilizing a conversion kit, MTAR 21 can be turned into a
9mm sub-machinegun loaded with 25 rounds magazines. This capability has
significant logistical, training and operational advantages for special
operations and SWAT units, which usually maintain two dedicated weapons for
short and medium range operations.
The Indian version of Micro-Tavor, called
is designed by the India's Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) for use by India's special operations units. Zittara differs from the Israeli
allowing the use of three different configurations and ammunition
types for different situations - a carbine (firing 5.56x30
ammunition), an assault rifle (firing 5.56x45mm) and submachine-gun
firing 9x19mm rounds with accuracy of up to 200 meters. These
conversions can be performed in the field with standard tools.
Standard Tavor accessories are also applicable
for the MTAR platform. However, this weapon has built-in Mil-Std 1913 (Picatinny)
accessory mounting rails without the need for bulky adapters. Micro Tavor
uses an integral silencer for the 9mm barrel, which, unlike add-on
silencers, does not add to the weapon's length.