The Galil assault rifle was developed in the late 1960s. It is named after one of its designers – Yisrael Galil. This weapon is based on the Finnish M62 assault rifle, which in turn is a clone of the Soviet AK-47. However the Galil is chambered for a different cartridge and has a number of other differences. Some sources report that tooling and machinery for production of this weapon were imported from Finland. The Galil was adopted by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in 1972 and was a standard-issue infantry weapon until the early 1990s. This assault rifle is still used in Israel, even though it was largerly replaced by newer designs, such as the TAR-21 and X95. The Galil has been exported to a number of countries. This assault rifle is still used in more than 30 countries. The Galil was, or still is, license-produced in Columbia, Italy, Myanmar, and South Africa.