Seven vendors responded to a Request for Proposal (RFP) for 5,000 919 mm machine pistols as a ‘Emergency Procurement’ via the Fast Track Procedure (FTP) of the Defence Acquisition Procedure, 2020 (DAP 2020), for an estimated $6 million.

This machine pistol will be distributed primarily to commando platoons, with some also going to tank, artillery, and helicopter crews. The Indian Army is looking for pistols that are 650 mm in length, weigh no more than 2.5 kg, and can fire in-service, locally sourced ammunition at a rate of 600 rounds per minute to a ‘effective range’ of 100 m.

Vendors who have submitted proposals to the Indian Army include Punj Lloyd Rave (PLR), Israel Weapon Industries, ICOMM with Caracal of the UAE, Jindal Defence and Aerospace with Brazil’s Taurus Armas, state-owned Small Arms Factory, Optic Electronics with Switzerland’s B&T AG, and Jai Armaments.