Indian Army has recently raised a tender to indigenously source 5,000 9×19 mm machine pistols as an ‘Emergency Procurement’ via the Fast Track Procedure (FTP) of the Defence Acquisition Procedure, 2020 (DAP 2020).

 

About ASMI Machine Pistol

  • ASMI (meaning pride/ self-respect) is India’s first indigenous 9mm machine pistol.
  • Developed jointly by DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) and Indian Army.
  • It weighs under 2kg and can fire at a range of 100 metres.
  • It has an 8-inch barrel and 33 rounds of high-capacity magazine load.
  • It would cost around Rs 50,000 per unit.
  • The 3D printing process was used to design and prototype the pistol’s various parts, including its trigger components.
  • It is set to replace the 9mm pistols in the Indian defence forces.

 

What is a Machine pistol?

It is a relatively small, self-loading automatic handgun with a high rate of fire and can fire in intermittent or sustained bursts.