India designs and develops first 9 MM machine pistol
9MM pistol is likely to find huge employability with the central and state police organizations as well as VIP protection duties and policing
Heralding a new chapter in the development of high caliber pistols, India has designed and developed its first indigenous 9mm machine pistol--jointly manufactured by the DRDO and the Indian Army.
According to the Ministry of Defence, the weapon, developed in a record time of four months, fires the in-service 9mm ammunition and sports an upper receiver made from aircraft grade aluminium and lower receiver from carbon fibre.
The Ministry said that 3D Printing process has been used in designing and prototyping of various parts including trigger components made by metal 3D printing.
Named as “Asmi” meaning “Pride”, “Self-Respect" & “Hard Work,” the weapon is said to have a huge potential for armed forces as it can work as personal weapon for heavy weapon detachments, commanders, tank and aircraft crews, drivers/dispatch riders, radio/radar operators, closed quarter battle, counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations.
As per the Ministry, the 9MM pistol is also likely to find huge employability with the central and state police organizations as well as VIP protection duties and policing.
It is likely to have production cost under rupees 50000 each and has potential for exports.