The Indian Army and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have jointly developed India’s first indigenous 9 mm machine pistol called “ASMI”. The weapon was designed and developed in Army’s Mhow infantry school and DRDO’s Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) in Pune.

According to the Defence Ministry, the weapon was developed in a duration of record four months.

“The machine pistol fires the in-service 9mm ammunition and sports an upper receiver made from aircraft grade aluminium and lower receiver from carbon fibre. 3 dimensional printing process has been used in designing and prototyping of various parts,” The Defence Ministry said in a statement.

The statement read further that the weapon will be a personal one for various missions and has huge potential for exports due to its low production cost.

“The machine pistol is likely to have production cost under ₹ 50,000 each and has potential for exports,” the ministry said.

Lt Col Prasad Bansod is the man that is credited for the invention of 9 mm machine pistol “ASMI”.

The upper body of the pistol is made of Aircraft grade Aluminium, with its lower receiver made of Carbon Fibre. The manufacturing of the weapon was done through 3D printing process. The trigger components of the pistol was made by metal 3D printing.