The Indian Army’s Infantry School at Mhow and Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE), a laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have developed a 9 mm Machine Pistol called ASMI. The empty weight of the 9 mm Machine Pistol ASMI is less than 2 Kilograms, has a 8 inch barrel and a high capacity 33 round magazine. The likely cost of ASMI is Rs 50,000 (about $700).
“The weapon has been developed in a record time of four months. The Machine Pistol fires the in-service 9 mm ammunition and sports an upper receiver made from aircraft grade Aluminium and lower receiver from carbon fiber. 3D Printing process has been used in designing and prototyping of various parts including trigger components made by metal 3D printing,” sates the Ministry of Defence release.
“The machine pistol can fire at a range of 100 meters and is in the class of the Uzi series guns of Israel. The prototype has fired over 300 rounds in the last four months of its development,” says the DRDO release.
ARDE has also been associated with the development of similar guns, including the Joint Venture Protective Carbine (JVPC), Multi caliber weapon, Corner Shot Weapon System (CSWS), 5.56 mm INSAS and the 7.62 mm Ishapore Self-Loading Rifle (SLR).