Country of origin
5.56 x 45 mm
Weight (without magazine)
Length (stock collapsed)
Cyclic rate of fire
Practical rate of fire
40 - 120 rpm
Range of effective fire
The ACE is a new-generation version of the
assault rifle. It was developed by the Israel Weapon Industries (IWI).
Formerly it was marketed as Galil ACE, however currently it is known
simply as the ACE. This weapon has some modifications and uses new
materials in its construction. As a result this weapon is lighter
and more accurate than the original Galil. The ACE is available in various versions.
Soon after its introduction in 2008 this weapon began gaining
orders. Currently it is in service with more than 10 countries. It
is used by army and law enforcement forces. It is a standard-issue
infantry weapon in Chile, Columbia and Vietnam. Also it has been
selected as a standard issue weapon by Peru. The ACE is
license-produced in Columbia, Peru, Ukraine and Vietnam.
The ACE is
new polymer materials. Lower receiver was redesigned. Essentially it
employs the same action as Kalashnikov assault rifles, but with
improved gas system, which reduces recoil. This weapon maintains
ease of use and reliability in extreme and adverse conditions of the
is available chambered in three types of calibers, including 5.56x45
mm NATO, 7.62x51 mm NATO and 7.62x39 mm Russian ammunition.
rifle retains Galil-style safety and fire mode selector switches.
Safety is located on one side of the receiver, while the fire mode
selector is located on another. It has settings for "semi-auto" and
Versions chambered in 5.56x45
mm NATO are fed from 35-round magazines. Yet these are compatible with standard
magazines. Versions chambered in Russian 7.62x39 mm ammunition accept all
and other 7.62-mm Kalashnikov-type magazines. The 7.62x51 NATO versions
are fed from 25-round magazines. These accept Galil and other standard NATO
rifle has got a new collapsible
buttstock. It is adjustable for length. However it is also available
with a side-folding buttstock. This version with a side-folding stock
is used by Vietnamese armed forces.
The ACE has got
a Picatinny-type scope rail and new iron sights. It seems that early
versions had two shorter scope rails, while most current versions
have a single full-size scope rail. This
assault rifle can mount various red dot sights, scopes or night vision
additional accessory rails, built into the foregrip.
When not in use, these accessory rails are covered with covers. A
carrying handle is proposed as an option. The ACE assault rifles can mount an
or other 40-mm underbarrel grenade launchers.
The IWI ACE has been developed
as a whole family of infantry weapons. Different variants of these
compact assault rifle, chambered for a standard NATO 5.56x45 mm
ammunition. Its range of effective fire is 300 meters.
carbine, chambered for a standard NATO 5.56x45 mm ammunition.
full-size assault rifle, chambered for a standard NATO 5.56x45 mm
ammunition. Its range of effective fire is 500 meters.
compact assault rifle, chambered for Russian 7.62x39 mm ammunition.
ACE 32 is a
full-size assault rifle, chambered for Russian 7.62x39 mm
ACE 52 is a
full-size battle rifle chambered for 7.62x51 mm NATO ammunition. It
is fed from 25-round magazines.
ACE 52L is a
battle rifle with a longer barrel and a full-size Picatinny-type
scope rail. It is mainly intended to be used in conjunction with
various optics as a designated marksman rifle. It is chambered for
7.62x51 mm NATO ammunition. This weapons is fed from 25-round
designated marksman rifle with even longer barrel. It is chambered
for 7.62x51 mm NATO ammunition. It is fed from 25-round magazines.
Fort 227 is
a Ukrainian license-produced version of the ACE 22 carbine. It is
chambered for 5.56x45 mm standard NATO ammunition.
Fort 228 is
another Ukrainian license-produced version of the ACE 31 compact
assault rifle, chambered for Russian 7.62x39 mm ammunition.
Fort 229 is
Ukrainian license-produced version of the ACE 52 battle rifle. It is
chambered for 7.62x51 mm NATO ammunition.