After successful trials, protective carbines are ready to add teeth to the security forces
New Delhi: Paving the way for their induction into the services, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) designed 5.56×30 mm Protective Carbine successfully crossed the final phase of user trials meeting all the parameters, a Defence Ministry release stated today. The last leg of trials in a series of User trials which have been carried out in extreme temperature conditions in summer and high altitudes in winter had taken place on December 7, 2020. “Joint Venture Protective Carbine (JVPC) has successfully met the stringent performance criteria of reliability and accuracy in addition to quality trials conducted by (Directorate General of Quality Assurance) DGQA,” the release stated.
JVPC is a Gas Operated Semi Bull-pup automatic weapon having more than 700 rpm rate of fire. The effective range of the carbine is more than 100 m and weighs about 3.0 kg with key features like high reliability, low recoil, retractable Butt, ergonomic design, single hand firing capability, and multiple Pica-tinny rails etc. These features make it a very potent weapon for Counter Insurgency /Counter Terrorism operations by security agencies.
The carbine has been designed as per Indian Army’s GSQR, by Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), a Pune based laboratory of DRDO. The Weapon is manufactured at Small Arms Factory, Kanpur while the Ammunition is manufactured at ammunition Factory, Kirkee Pune.
The weapon has already passed the MHA trials and procurement action is initiated by the CAPFs and various State Police organisations.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had unveiled the 5.56 x 30 mm JVPC during DefExpo- 2020 at Lucknow.
– globalbihari bureau