The 5.56×30 mm Joint Venture Protective Carbine (JVPC), designed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organsiation (DRDO), has successfully undergone the final phase of User trials on Dec. 7.
This was 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.
According to a statement by the Indian Ministry of Defence, the carbine 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 completion of trials has paved the way for induction into the services.
JVPC is a gas-operated Semi bullpup automatic weapon having a rate of fire of more than 700 rpm. 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 Picatinny rails etc. These features make it a very potent weapon for Counter Insurgency /Counter Terrorism (COIN/CT) operations by Indian security agencies.
The carbine has been designed by the Pune-based DRDO laboratory, Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), as per Indian Army’s General Staff Qualitative Requirement (GSQR). The weapon is manufactured at Small Arms Factory (SAF) Kanpur while the ammunition is manufactured at Ammunition Factory Khadki in Pune.
The weapon has already passed the MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) trials and procurement action is initiated by the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and various state police services.