What is the ASMI Machine Pistol?

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The Indian Army has recently raised a tender to indigenously source 5,000 9×19 mm machine pistols as an ‘Emergency Procurement’ via the Fast Track Procedure (FTP) of the Defence Acquisition Procedure, 2020 (DAP 2020).

About ASMI Machine Pistol:

  • ASMI (meaning pride/ self-respect) is India’s first indigenous 9mm machine pistol.
  • Developed jointly by DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) and Indian Army.
  • It weighs under 2kg and can fire at a range of 100 metres.
  • It has an 8-inch barrel and 33 rounds of high capacity magazine load.
  •  It would cost around Rs 50,000 per unit.
  • The 3D printing process was used to design and prototype the pistol’s various parts, including its trigger components.
  • It is set to replace the 9mm pistols in the Indian defence forces.

What is a Machine pistol?

  • It is a relatively small, self-loading automatic handgun with a high rate of fire and can fire in intermittent or sustained bursts.


Q1) What is the Defence Acquisition Procedure, 2020 ?

The Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020 has been established in 2020 as a potential catalyst for the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan, in the sector of defence manufacturing. It eases the procurement and acquisition of upgraded technology, products and services for the Tri-Services and other allied defence services.

Source: Why Indian Army Is Buying Machine Pistols Under Emergency Provision