While Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar plans to procure 44,000 close quarter battle (CQB) carbines, a crucial weapon for the Indian Army for its counter-terrorism operations in the Kashmir Valley directly from the vendor instead of opting for the global tendering process.

Pune-based Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE) is getting ready to offer indigenously developed Joint Venture Protective Carbine (JVPC) carbine for Army user trials this year said a media report.

JVPC is much more powerful than the 9mm carbine, which has a much shorter effective firing range (the range in which it can kill) than the 200 metres of the JVPC. JVPC is capable of penetrating soft body armour made of kevlar.

JVPC is designed to fire 5.56 mm calibre bullets with the magazine capacity of 30 cartridges – more than the 20 designed for the 9mm carbine. The weapon recoils lesser and allows single-hand firing in a single round or rapid fire mode.

  • Features of JVPC
  • Light (3.05 Kg), compact
  • Capability to penetrate soft body armour
  • High accuracy in single shot and rapid fire mode
  • More cartridges per magazine
  • Retractable butt for compactness

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