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ARDE/OFB JVPC(MSMC) | Made in India vs Make in India for army carbine tender


The Joint Protective Carbine (JVPC) earlier
known as Modern Sub Machine Carbine (MSMC) is a carbine designed and developed by Armament
Research and Development Establishment, ARDE Pune and manufactured by Small Arms Factory,
Kanpur. This carbine was developed in a bid to replace
the ageing 9mm Sterling Carbine. The JVPC is capable of penetrating soft body
armour made of kevlar (24 layers of kevlar, each a few microns in thickness). According to designers it can penetrate 3.5mm
of mild steel which is quite remarkable. The weapon recoils lesser and allows single-hand
firing in single round or rapid fire mode. It also has got a Nickel Boron Nitride coating
in the upper receiver which makes it a completely dry weapon. BEL Trinetra MRWS is Indian designed reflex
sight which is a parallax free, compact, light weight and rugged weapons sight for instant
target acquisition. A highly precise reticule, superimposed on
the target scene, acts as an aim point for accurate firing. Fired has got the advantage of keeping both
eyes open, during firing with Trinetra. To further enhance the capabilities of soldier
and wept during CQB or Night, Trinetra is equipped with in built visible(red) and invisible(IR)
laser spot designator which makes Trinetra an all in one versatile sight for all possible
combat scenarios. The new round appears to be of same concept
that experimental American Colt MARS, Minsas, MSMC’s 5.56×30 round takes the best features
of 5.56 NATO. The MARS cartridge/rifle was able to achieve
similar ballistics as a ultra-short barreled 5.56×45 mm NATO sub-carbine, but with less
muzzle flash, noise and weight. India went with the 5.56×30 mm over the 5.56×45
mm for these exact same reasons as Colt. In it’s last Army trials in Dec 2014, only
two out of five JVPCs could met army’s reliability trials of only 3 stoppages in 1,080 rounds
fired. The Chhattisgarh police became the first to
order the weapon this year-640 of them-with similar orders expected from the MP, UP, Delhi
and Meghalaya police. OFB believes the Police/CAPF orders will help
stabilize quality in production and help eventually bag an Army order. OFB also handed over JVPC to DG CRPF for trial
evaluation and user feedback. “We have the production capacity to make around
35,000 such carbines each year,” says H.R. Dixit, general manager, Small Arms Factory
(SAF), Kanpur. Cost is approximately Rs. 35,000 per piece,
about half as much as an imported carbine. Some SALIENT FEATURES of JVPC are Unique Calibre Weapon System for CQB operations
Highly accurate Low Recoil ensures stabilised weapon during
firing Retractable butt for compactness
Three point sling for quick weapon positioning in different firing postures
Ambidextrous features in fire selector enables left and as well as right hand firing
MIL STD-1913 Picatinny Rail to mountany international sight
Chromium plated barrel for longer life Reflex and Passive night sights mounted on
picatiny rails Last year, Indian government cancelled a six-year-old
tender for obtaining 44,618 close quarter battle carbines and 33.6 million rounds of
ammunition. That bid was won by the Galil Ace of Israeli
Weapon Industry (IWI) but the India did not give a final go-ahead for the “single vendor
situation” deal as only one firm passed the trials conducted by the Indian Army. This year Israeli IWI & India’s Punj Lloyd
has set up a JV named Punj Lloyd Raksha Systems aimed to supply small arms, including Galil
ACE carbines to Indian armed forces. Drawing inspiration from the legendary Russian
AK-47 and the Finnish Valmet RK 62, the IWI Galil ACE has been continuously improved over
the last 40+ years, resulting in today�s extremely reliable and highly accurate Galil
ACE. The X95 is a modular weapon based on the already
battle-proven Tavor TAR-21 assault rifle, with modifications and upgrades suggested
by Israeli Special Forces. Single X95 weapon can be easily configured
as an �all around� assault rifle, compact CQB or PDW carbine, or 9mm submachine gun,
which can be further silenced for covert operations. Army has issued RFI with total quantity required
is approximately 400,000 CQB Carbine out of which the immediate requirement is of approximately
83,000 CQB Carbines. According to the RFI, the approximate quantity
83,000 CQB should be delivered within four months to twenty four months from the day
of signing of the contract. The vendors should confirm if they can deliver
requisite quantity of CQB within the stipulated timeframe. Tentative date of issue of RFP is July 2018. Some specifications required are that the
carbine should be capable of achieving accuracy better than four Minutes of Angle up to a
Effective range of minimum 200 meters. The CQB Carbine should be as light as possible,
preferably less than or equal to 3 Kgs. Army also prefer 5.56×45 mm NATO round. As we know JVPC weigh 3.05 kg and fires 5.56×30
mm rounds, now its all depend on the army to support indigenous industry by choosing
Made in India weapon.

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