India’s first indigenous 9mm Machine Pistol has been jointly developed by DRDO and Indian Army.
Infantry School, Mhow and DRDO’s Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune have designed and developed this weapon using their respective expertise in the complementary areas.
The weapon was developed in four months. The pistol fires the in-service 9mm ammunition and sports an upper receiver made from aircraft grade Aluminium and lower receiver from carbon fibre. 3D Printing process has been used in designing and prototyping of various parts including trigger components made by metal 3D printing.
The weapon has huge potential in Armed forces 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. This is also likely to find huge employability with the central and state police organizations as well as VIP protection duties and Policing. The pistol is likely to have production cost under Rs 50,000 each and has potential for exports.
The weapon is named ‘Asmi’.