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DRDO develops India’s first indigenous machine pistol ASMI

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Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) today said that it has developed the country’s first indigenous machine pistol ASMI.

The pistol which is developed by DRDO along with the help of Indian Army is set to replace the 9mm pistols in the defence forces. It was displayed at an event of the Indian Army.


DRDO said in a statement that 3D Printing process has been used in designing and prototyping of various parts of the pistol including trigger components made by metal 3D printing. 

Key Highlights 

• DRDO’s Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) in Pune and Army’s infantry school in Mhow jointly developed and designed the pistol. 

• The pistol has been developed in a record time of four months.

• It is likely to have production cost under Rs 50,000 each.

• It also likely to be considered as a potential for exports. 

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

The development is a small step to achieving self reliance in the defence sector in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of Aatmnirbhar Bharat .