Multi Caliber Individual Weapon System
|Multi Caliber Individual Weapon System (MCIWS)|
The Multi Caliber Individual Weapon System (MCIWS)
|Place of origin||India|
|Designer||Armament Research and Development Establishment|
|Manufacturer||Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli|
|Weight||3.4 kg (7.5 lb) empty
4 kg (8.8 lb) loaded
|Length||910 mm (36 in)|
6.8mm Remington SPC
|Action||Gas-operated, Rotating Bolt|
|Rate of fire||600-650 rpm|
|Muzzle velocity||715–890 m/s (2,350–2,920 ft/s)|
|Effective firing range||300-500 meters|
|Feed system||30-round detachable box magazines|
|Sights||Iron sights, various day and night optical sights|
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Multi Caliber Individual Weapon System (MCIWS) is the new assault rifle developed by ARDE Pune of DRDO and likely to be manufactured by OFT Trichy of OFB, India. It was first seen at the DEFEXPO 2014 exhibition.
They are currently undergoing small arms trials with three prototype rifles made for testing as a future replace to the INSAS rifle. Trials are expected to last for six to eight months in 2013.
The assault rifle is configured to fire in 5.56 NATO, 7.62x39 and in 6.8 Remington SPC. Its design is influenced by both the AR-15 and the FN FNC. The barrel assembly appears to be based on the AK-47. The design would allow soldiers to configure it according to the needs of the missions by changing rifle barrels. The MCIWS uses a gas operated short stroke piston design.