Recently, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has launched Ugram, a state-of-the-art assault rifle of the 7.62 x 51 mm calibre.


  • It was unveiled at the hands of Dr Shailendra V Gade, Director General, Armament and Combat Engineering Systems of the DRDO in Pune.

About Ugram

  • The first operational prototype of the rifle, which has been named Ugram, which means ferocious.
  • It has been indigenously designed, developed and manufactured in collaboration with (DRDO’s Pune-based facility Armament Research and Development Establishments (ARDE) in collaboration with Hyderabad-based Dvipa Armour India Private Limited) a private  industry partner. 
  • The assault rifle has been designed for the operational requirements of armed forces, paramilitary and state police entities.
  • It was developed based on the General Staff Qualitative Requirements (GSQRs) issued by the Indian Army for assault rifles in the recent past.
  • Range and weight: The rifle has an effective range of 500 metres and weighs less than four kilograms.
  • It was developed within the 100 days.
  • The rifle has a 20 round magazine and fires in both single and full auto mode. 
  • The configuration of the rifle is comparable to the latest AK and AR type rifles and it has a rivet-free design, making it robust.
  • The scope of the project is huge in the current security scenario because of a shortfall in assault rifles in the force.
  • The import of AK-203 rifles has been affected owing to the owing to the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine

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