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ASMI:The Machine Pistol

  • 15 Jan 2021
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India’s first indigenous 9mm Machine Pistol has been jointly developed by Infantry School, Mhow and DRDO’s Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune.

  • Machine pistols are primarily self-loading versions of pistols which are either fully automatic or can also fire bursts of bullets.

Key Points

  • The Pistol is named “Asmi” meaning “Pride”, “Self-Respect" & “Hard Work”.
  • Features of Asmi:
    • The Machine Pistol fires the in-service 9mm ammunition.
    • With an overall empty weight of less than 2 Kg, it features an 8-inch barrel and 33 rounds high capacity magazine.
    • It has 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.
  • Significance:
    • The weapon has huge potential in Armed forces as personal weapon for heavy weapon detachments, commanders, tank, aircraft crews, counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations etc.
  • Cost Effective:
    • The Machine Pistol is likely to have production cost under Rs. 50000 each and has potential for exports.


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