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The National Security Guard (NSG) has recently issued a tender for the procurement of concealable 9x19mm carbine submachine guns (SMG) along with accessories, signaling a significant move to enhance its operational capabilities in countering terror threats and safeguarding national security. The tender encompasses a total requirement of 150 units, which will be complemented by 450 magazines and 150 laser aiming devices, aiming to equip NSG personnel with cutting-edge weaponry for efficient and effective response to emergent situations.

The decision to procure concealable carbine SMGs underscores the NSG’s commitment to staying ahead of evolving security challenges and ensuring readiness to tackle a wide range of threats. The ability to deploy compact and concealable firearms is crucial in situations requiring swift and discreet action, such as hostage rescue operations and counter-terrorism missions.

Among the options considered for procurement are some of the world’s renowned carbine SMGs, each offering unique features and capabilities tailored to meet the NSG’s operational requirements:

  1. Adani (IWI) Uzi Pro: Known for its reliability and compact design, the Uzi Pro is a modern iteration of the iconic Uzi submachine gun. Manufactured by Adani in collaboration with Israel Weapon Industries (IWI), the Uzi Pro offers enhanced ergonomics and firepower, making it a formidable choice for close-quarters combat situations.
  2. LML (DRDO) ASMI: Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in collaboration with LML Ltd., the ASMI carbine is designed to meet the specific needs of Indian security forces. With a focus on indigenous production and technological innovation, the ASMI carbine offers reliability, accuracy, and versatility in challenging operational environments.
  3. HK MP-5K: The Heckler & Koch MP-5K is a compact variant of the legendary MP-5 submachine gun, renowned for its exceptional performance and precision engineering. The MP-5K’s compact size, coupled with its renowned reliability and accuracy, makes it an ideal choice for close protection and urban warfare scenarios.
  4. B&T MP-9: Manufactured by B&T AG, the MP-9 is a lightweight and compact submachine gun designed for special operations and law enforcement applications. Featuring advanced ergonomics and modular design, the MP-9 offers enhanced maneuverability and firepower in confined spaces.

The NSG, established on September 22, 1986, was modeled after elite counter-terrorism units such as the GSG-9 of Germany and the SAS of the United Kingdom. Under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, the NSG plays a critical role in safeguarding the nation against terror activities and responding to high-risk situations with speed, precision, and professionalism.

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