Multi Caliber Individual Weapon System

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Multi Caliber Individual Weapon System (MCIWS)
DRDO MC Rifle.jpg
The Multi Caliber Individual Weapon System (MCIWS)
Type Assault rifle
Place of origin  India
Production history
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)

Cartridge 5.56×45mm NATO
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

Multi Caliber Individual Weapon System (MCIWS) is the new assault rifle developed by ARDE Pune of DRDO[1] and likely to be manufactured by OFT Trichy of OFB, India. It was first seen at the DEFEXPO 2014 exhibition.[2]

They are currently undergoing small arms trials[1] with three prototype rifles made for testing[3] as a future replace to the INSAS rifle.[4] Trials are expected to last for six to eight months in 2013.[5]


The assault rifle is configured to fire in 5.56 NATO, 7.62x39 and in 6.8 Remington SPC.[2] Its design is influenced by both the AR-15 and the FN FNC.[2] The barrel assembly appears to be based on the AK-47.[6] The design would allow soldiers to configure it according to the needs of the missions by changing rifle barrels.[3] The MCIWS uses a gas operated short stroke piston design.[6]

The rifle would use 30-round plastic-type magazines.[4] It would also be ambidextrous features, such as the charging lever and magazine release.[4]

The MCIWS would include an underbarrel grenade launcher to fire airburst-type grenades.[2] Various sights can be mounted on the picatinny railing on the upper receiver.[4]