DRDO conducts successful final phase user trials of 5.56 x 30 mm Joint Venture Protective Carbine
Defence Research and Development Organsiation (DRDO) designed 5.56x30 mm Protective Carbine has successfully undergone the final phase of User trials on 7th December 2020, meeting all the GSQR parameters. The development has paved way for its induction into the services. This was the last leg of trials in a series of user trials that 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. The carbine has been designed as per the 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. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had unveiled the 5.56 x 30 mm JVPC during DefExpo- 2020 held at Lucknow. Secretary DD R&D & Chairman DRDO Dr. Satheesh Reddy has congratulated the DRDO team, user team, and all public and private agencies involved in manufacturing for successfully reaching this milestone.