Giving a big push to Make In India initiative, Indian Army has developed a 9mm Machine Pistol named “ASMI”.
Here are 10 facts you need to know.
1. Indian Army displayed ASMI on occassion of Army Day at the Army’s Innovation Display Event on 15 Jan 2021.
2. India’s first indigenous 9 mm Machine Pistol “ASMI” has been developed by Lt Col Prasad Bansod from Infantry School, Mhow with assistance from ARDE, Pune.
3. The weapon is made in a record time of four months.
4. The weapon fires the in-service 9 mm ammunition.
5. “ASMI” sports an upper receiver made from Aircraft grade Aluminium and lower receiver from Carbon Fibre, manufactured by 3D printing process including trigger components made by metal 3D printing.
6. It features a 8 inch barrel and 33 rounds high capacity magazine with an overall empty weight of under 2 Kgs.
7. Upper receiver has full length integral Picatinny rail at 12 and 6 O’ clock direction for fitment of all modern scopes/optics & accessories and M-Lok slots on 3 and 9 O’ Clock direction.
8. Its likely production cost is claimed to be under ₹ 50,000/- per weapon.
9. The weapon is aptly named “ASMI” meaning “Pride”, “Self Respect” & hard work.
10. The gun would be offered to replace the 9mm pistols in the defence forces.