Created to replace the ageing M-16 and Galil, The Tavor is the first assault rifle in Israel's history that involved industrial designers in its development process. The design brief required a bullpup version, which allows a short overall length without sacrificing barrel length.
The basic inspiration for the design came from the futuristic-looking Austrian made AUG Steyr, but with a much more menacing appearance. A shell made entirely of composite materials  allowed  the  full  freedom  to  sculpt  the  product according to experiment results and desired design.