DRDO's Joint Venture Protective Carbine (JVPC)

Kanpur: Canon 'Sharang', Belt Fed Light Machine Gun and Joint Venture Protective Carbine prepared in Kanpur under 'Make in India' movement were inducted to Indian Army on Sunday. The indigenous guns were modified to meet the requirements of Indian Army. It took about half the cost from International market to develop these weapons.

About Joint Venture Protective Carbine (JVPC)

The Modern Sub Machine Carbine (MSMC) is an Indian sub-machine gun designed by the Armament Research and Development Establishment and manufactured by Ordnance Factories Board. It is also known as Joint Venture Protective Carbine (JVPC). It was developed for the Indian Army, based on previous experience from the INSAS family of firearms. The gun is very lightweight and compact compared to other Indian-designed weapons. It is chambered for the 5.56×30mm MINSAS cartridge.

The MSMC was designed after the Indian Army's disappointment with the progress of a carbine version of the INSAS rifle and Amogh based on AK-47. The MSMC was designed to rectify the shortcomings of the previous developments. Through various trials and improvements, the ARDE came out with a grip-feeding, Uzi-like design that shortened the length of the weapon, making it more suitable for Close Quarter Combat purposes. Later its ergonomics were improved, boosting its export potential. The weapon is said to be capable of penetrating bullet-proof jackets. It was created as an offshoot of the INSAS small arms program.

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