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.