The UZI was designed by Major Uziel Gal of the Israel Defence Forces, following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. It first saw action in 1956 and was used in such famous conflicts as the 1967 Six-Day War against Egypt, Syria and Jordan. After an announcement in December 2003 that its use was discontinued by the Israeli Special Forces, the Israel Military Industries, Ltd (IMI) decided it would continue the manufacture of the UZI for domestic use and export.
IMI Ltd was established in 1933 as a multinational company specializing in the arms sector. They are well known for their quality in personal small arms, including Desert Eagle, Jericho, as well as many variations on the UZI family, including the Micro-UZI and Mini-UZI submachine gun.