ARDE develops final version of modern carbine - The Times of India PUNE: The Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) has developed the final version of the modern sub-machine carbine (MSMC). The carbine will be useful in battlefield as well as urban warfare. Anil M Datar, director, ARDE, said, "The gun was developed in association with ordnance factories." Datar was speaking to TOI on the sidelines of a seminar on 'Simulation technologies', held at the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture on Friday. Datar said the armed forces will be given the gun for trials, which will be carried out in various terrains, including high-altitude areas. Hoping that the trials will be successful, Datar said, "I cannot give the exact date of its induction. Normally, around seven to eight months are required to carry out such tests". This MSMC is a lightweight, compact, automatic gun. It has a small barrel and can be fired from the hip or shoulder-mounted. The gun will be helpful in close encounters and can be used by the Indian Army, paramilitary forces and commandos. Established in 1958, the ARDE comes under the Defence Research and Development Organisation ( DRDO). Its work includes designing and developing conventional armaments, basic and applied research, modelling, simulation and software development in the field of conventional armament and transfer of technology related works. The organisation has been instrumental in contributing for various important defence programmes such as Indian Small Arms System, Arjun MBT battle tank gun, Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launcher and ejection seat for the light combat aircraft, Tejas. Speaking at the seminar earlier, Datar said, industries should come forward to join hands with the ARDE in the field of simulation. The defence committee of the MCCIA had organised the seminar in partnership with NASSCOM. Anant Sardeshmukh, executive director general, MCCIA, and Brigadier (retd) S B Ghorpade, chairman, defence committee, MCCIA, shared the dais. "The ARDE has a lot of facilities, but the manpower is less. If industries come forward, carrying out joint programmes for improvement of the defence sector will be possible. Simulation systems are needed for cost reduction and better efficiency. Successful modelling and simulation is the backbone of any technology and we should promote it jointly," Datar said.