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In commemoration of National Technology Day, India’s journey in indigenous defense development is under the spotlight. This year, the focus falls on two contrasting ends of the technology spectrum: nuclear technology and the humble submachine gun (SMG).

For decades, Indian security forces relied on the obsolete Sterling SMG, a relic of World War II manufactured by Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). The lack of a domestically produced alternative forced them to depend on expensive imports, often subject to the whims of foreign suppliers and potential sanctions. This begs the question: why did it take so long to develop a replacement for the aging Sterling?

Fortunately, the tide has turned. The recent Indian Army order for 550 Asmi SMGs marks a turning point. This new weapon, designed by a serving officer, Colonel Prasad Bansod, signifies a crucial step towards self-reliance in small arms production. The Asmi, named after the Hindi word for “self-confidence” (derived from “Asmita”), boasts a competitive edge – it’s manufactured at a fraction of the cost of imported alternatives.

The Asmi story transcends a mere technical achievement. It underscores the importance of a system that fosters and supports innovative ideas. Colonel Bansod’s design received the backing it needed to materialize, paving the way for a more robust and cost-effective solution for Indian security forces.

National Technology Day serves as a timely reminder of the immense potential for domestic innovation in the Indian defense sector. The Asmi SMG exemplifies how brilliant ideas, coupled with a supportive system, can propel India towards greater self-sufficiency in critical defense technologies.