The IWI ACE (formerly IMI Galil ACE) is a family of rifles developed and originally manufactured by the Israeli firearm manufacturer Israel Military Industries (IMI) of Ramat HaSharon. It is now produced by Israel Weapon Industries (IWI), which was created when IMI privatised their small arms division. The Galil ACE was first produced under license by Colombian INDUMIL. It was later produced under license by FAMAE, RPC Fort, and Z111 Factory. It is produced in three different calibres; 5.56×45mm NATO, 7.62×39mm and 7.62×51mm NATO.
The ACE is result of the Israeli technology applied by INDUMIL during the Colombian conflict. From 2006, INDUMIL acquired license to be the sole Galil AR producer and provider in the world, even selling it to Israel. In 2010, INDUMIL presented to the world the Galil ACE family, produced in Colombia, with Colombian technology under Israeli supervision, being an improvement under license. Initially INDUMIL, with IWI supervision and technology sharing, modified 43 out of 96 parts of the Galil AR in order to get what we know as Galil ACE.
The ACE family is based upon the mechanism of the IMI Galil, but using a modernised design and materials to increase its accuracy and lower its weight, while maintaining the Galil’s ergonomics, ease of maintenance and reliability under battle conditions. Emphasis was placed in particular in increasing its reliability and accuracy under adverse or battlefield conditions. It is the main standard-issue assault rifle of the Chilean Army, of the People’s Army of Vietnam and of the Colombian Army, Navy, Air Force and Colombian Police.
The IWI ACE line represents the next generation of the renowned GALIL assault rifle. Heralded as the ultimate assault weapon, this rifle has been battle-proven under the most adverse and extreme conditions. Advanced design and performance mechanisms transformed the ACE into a more reliable and highly accurate weapon for combat warfare. The ACE lines of Assault Rifles are exceptionally resourceful due to their versatility; ACE incorporates 360° Picatinny rails serving as a platform for mounting a wide array of optical devices and diverse accessories.