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DRDO & Indian Army Developed India’s 1st Indigenous Machine Pistol ASMI; RLG systems handed over to Indian Navy

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DRDO develops India's first indigenous machine pistol ASMIThe Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune (Maharashtra) in collaboration with the Indian Army’s Infantry School, Mhow has developed India’s first indigenous 9mm machine pistol ASMI. It will replace the 9mm pistols used by defence forces.

  • Notably it has been developed by a young officer ‘Lt Col Prasad Bansod’ from Infantry School, Mhow in a record time of four months.
  • The pistol was displayed at the Army’s Innovation Display Event on January 13, 2021.
  • The cost of producing 1 machine gun is below Rs.50000.
  • It will be soon handed over for use to the Indian Army.

Features of machine pistol ASMI:

Class– Uzi series guns of Israel.

Range–  100 metres

Retractable landing gear systems handed over to Indian Navy

Apart from above, Retractable landing gear (RLG) systems built by the Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), a unit of the DRDO in Chennai (Tamil Nadu), were handed over to the Navy as a part of ‘Atmanirbhar’ programme.

  • A 3 tonne RLG is designed for TAPAS Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) 1 tonne for SWiFT UAV.
  • The system was designed, developed and evaluated for certification in coordination with the Centre for Military Airworthiness & Certification (CEMILAC) and the Indian Government’s Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DGAQA).

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About Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO):

Establishment – 1958
Chairman– G Satheesh Reddy
Headquarter– New Delhi
Parent Ministry – Ministry of Defence

About Indian Army:
Chief of the Army Staff– Manoj Mukund Naravane,
Headquarters– New Delhi