A high-tech, low sound carbine named ‘TriCa’ with a range more effective than a typical submachine gun and small enough to be packed in the jacket of security personnel was unveiled at the Ordnance Factory in Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, on Thursday.
The lighter and compact weapon, the 7.62X39 mm carbine TriCa is designed for the infantry combat vehicle, helicopter crew, and security personnel for operations that call for a compact and relatively powerful individual automatic weapon.
The weapon is also for paratroopers, police, and security personnel guarding highly secure facilities such as airports, and for use by the Special Operation Forces, a defence press release here said.
TriCa has a special muzzle booster that helps in hiding the flash and mitigating the sound when fired, the release said.
An advantage is that it can use ammunition and magazines as well as the interchangeable parts of general assault rifles (TAR and AK-47).
The carbine could be concealed in clothes and hidden in the jackets of security personnel.
It was developed by the in-house research and development unit of the Ordnance Factory.
TriCa was unveiled by the general manager of the factory Sanjay Dwivedi at a function. Rajiv Jain and A K Singh, both additional general managers and S Krishnaswamy, joint general manager, were present on the occasion.