In a world where geopolitical tides shift faster than a politician’s promises, India has rolled up its sleeves and stepped into the ring with its own heavyweight contender: the “Ugram” assault rifle.

Conceived in the feverish minds of the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and its partner in crime, Dvipa Armour India Private Limited, Ugram is a thunderous response to the gaping void in India’s arsenal.

Key Features of Ugram

Enter the Ugram, tipping the scales at less than four kilograms (8.8 pounds) and packing a punch with a 7.62 x 51-millimeter caliber round.

This isn’t just another rifle; it’s a ballet of bullets and engineering.

With a 20-round magazine and the chops to switch between single and automatic fire, Ugram is DRDO’s love letter to versatility and a direct challenge to the world’s reigning AK- and AR-type champions, as The Indian Express reports.

Upcoming Trials and Testing

But before Ugram can strut its stuff on the battlefield, it must dance through the fires of trials and testing.

“This was a mission-mode project taken up two years ago,” Armament Research and Development Establishments (ARDE) Director Ankathi Raju told the news outlet. “After the ARDE designed the rifle, we started looking for a private industry partner for development and manufacturing.”

” […] After the product is made by the vendor, it will undergo the acceptance trials. We placed the order for the assault rifle to the Hyderabad-based Dvipa Armour,” he added. The rifle will soon go for trials.”