The Indian Army is set unveil a new modern submachine carbine (MSMC), developed by Pune-based Armaments Research and Development Establishment (ARDE ), following final trials scheduled for December 2009.

The 5.56mm calibre MSMC will replace the Russian 9mm-calibre carbine currently used by the Indian Army and paramilitary forces.

ARDE director Anil M Datar said the company was in process of demonstrating 99.7% reliability for the MSMC, which can fire up to 200m.

The development of MSMC is a part of the Indian small arms system (INSAS) programme created by ARDE to build an indigenous small arms weapons system for India.

The prototype underwent initial trials in January 2009 and is gearing for the final trials before being launched.