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 developed by the Azerbaijani Defense Industry.The meaning of the word Istiglal is "Independence" in Azerbaijani.

Istiglal anti-materiel rifle
Class Manportable
Type Rifles
Manufacturer Ministry of Defence Industry of Azerbaijan
Origin Azerbaijan
Country Name Origin Year
Azerbaijan 2008
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Azerbaijan 2008 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Ministry of Defence Industry of Azerbaijan 2008 View

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

The Istiglal anti-materiel rifle uses the powerful 14.5×114mm round.

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

Type Anti-materiel rifle
Place of origin Azerbaijan
Service history
In service 2008–present
Used by Azerbaijan
Production history
Designer RPE Automatic Lines
Designed 2008
Manufacturer Azerbaijan Defense Industry
Produced 2008–present
Variants Mubariz sniper rifle
Weight 33.8 kg (74 lbs) 
28 kg (61.6 lbs) (New Version)
Length 2256 mm (89")
Barrel length 1300 mm (51")
Cartridge 14.5×114mm, 12.7×108mm
Action Recoil-operated, rotating bolt
Muzzle velocity 1,132 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 system 5-round detachable box magazine

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