Prelims Bits » ASMI


Why in the News?

  • India’s first indigenous 9mm Machine Pistol has been jointly developed by DRDO and Indian Army. The weapon has been named ‘Asmi’.


  • The Asmi machine pistol fires the in-service 9 mm ammunition and has an upper receiver made from aircraft-grade aluminium and lower receiver from carbon fibre.

  • The weapon has huge potential in the 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, etc.

  • This is also likely to find huge use with the central and state police organizations as well as VIP protection duties and policing.

  • According to the government press release, the Machine Pistol is likely to have production cost under rupees 50000 each and has potential for exports.