Defence Sector – DPP, Missions, Schemes, Security Forces, etc.

DRDO’s Corner-Shot Weapon System


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : CSWS

Mains level : Not Much

A corner-shot weapon system (CSWS), designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), is at an advanced stage of being inducted by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Jammu and Kashmir police.

What is CSWS?

  • The CSWS is a special purpose weapon designed by the Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune.
  • It can engage targets located around the corners as the system bends and captures video feed thus saving soldiers from any surprise counter-attack and is best suited for urban, close quarter situations.
  • It is equipped with weapon, camera, laser, infrared illuminator and torch in front portion, while display, electronics, battery and swivelling mechanism are located at rear portion.
  • The body is made from high-grade aluminium alloy to make it lighter and durable.

Key features

  • Day-night firing capability, colour display, digital zoom, zeroing facility, hot keys, high power battery along with status display and compliance with JSS 5855 makes it a very potent system for security forces.
  • It is very helpful in Counter Insurgency and Counter Terror (CI/CT) operations.
  • This indigenously developed system has many superior features compared to its contemporary international systems and available for 9 mm GLOCK 17/19 and 1A1 Auto Pistol variant.


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