The country’s first indigenous carbine is fully ready to join the Indian Army. The Joint Venture Protection Carbine (JVPC) has been developed by Defence Research and Development Organsiation (DRDO) and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB).
It has successfully undergone the final phase of User trials on 7th December 2020 meeting all the GSQR parameters i.e. General Staff Quality Requirement (norms prepared by the Army). This indigenous carbine, built in Kanpur, fires 700 rounds in a minute and is specially designed for counter-terrorism operations.
According to Ministry of Defence, this user trials of 5.56×30 mm Protective Carbine has paved the way for induction into the services. 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. JVPC has successfully met the stringent performance criteria of reliability and accuracy in addition to quality trials conducted by DGQA.
“JVPC is a Gas Operated Semi Bull-pup automatic weapon having more than 700 rpm rate of fire. 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 operations by security agencies,” said Ministry of Defence in its press release.
Watch the user trial video of Joint Venture Protective Carbine (JVPC):
The carbine has been designed as per Indian Army’s GSQR, by Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), a Pune based laboratory of DRDO. The Weapon is manufactured at Small Arms Factory, Kanpur while the Ammunition is manufactured at ammunition Factory, Kirkee Pune.
The weapon has already passed the MHA trials and procurement action is initiated by the CAPFs and various State Police organisations.
Successful Trials of 5.56 x 30 mm Joint Venture Protective Carbine (JVPC)@DRDO_India designed 5.56×30 mm Protective Carbine has successfully undergone the final phase of User trials on 7th December 2020 meeting all the GSQR parameters. https://t.co/S9JACeDspD pic.twitter.com/156i6CkW2P— A. Bharat Bhushan Babu (@SpokespersonMoD) December 10, 2020
Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh had unveiled this 5.56 x 30 mm Joint Venture Prtective Carbine (JVPC) during DefExpo- 2020 at Lucknow.