Unnamed: India’s Ordnance Factory Board ‘ANAMIKA’ MP5

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Spurred by the threat of restricted arms imports, India’s Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has reverse-engineered the Heckler and Koch (H&K) MP5 for use within the country’s military and state police units. Named “Anamika”, which in Sanskrit means “without a name”, the submachine gun takes obvious cues from it’s German original.

Germany was a leader in pushing the UN to restrict the flow of small arms to war-torn countries. But such weapons leak across borders nonetheless. This is why Helmut Schmidt, a former chancellor, in December urged Germany to restrict arms exports, calling gun deaths a slow-motion Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Source: http://www.economist.com/news/business/21593464-political-pressure-and-bribery-allegations-are-unlikely-hurt-germanys-exporters-military

Operating under the Ministry of Defense (MOD), the OFB, also known as Indian Ordnance Factory (IOF), is the world’s largest government-operated production organization; designing, testing and producing everything from small arms to aircraft. The Anamika is being built by the IOF’s Small Arms Factory (SAF) in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.

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OFB Factory

 

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IOF’s Small Arms Factory (SAF)

Internal OFB documents confirm the project as “reverse engineering” by the SAF and that India’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is requesting regular progress updates. It appears that OFB/IOF plans to produce the Anamika in volume, since the meeting notes refer to it’s development will “provide sustained workload for SAF”. Because of it’s reverse engineering, It is assumed that the Anamika is not being licensed or approved by H&K as other “clone” manufacturers have been in the past.

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OFB/IOF Anamika 9mm submachine gun.

Anamika 9mm Carbine : SAF is developing this weapon by reverse engineering process.
MHA is regularly enquired for this project. Successful development will provide sustained
workload for SAF.

Technical specifications are slim at the moment and the Anamika has yet to show up on the official IOF Small Arms product page.

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OFB/IOF Anamika 9mm submachine gun.

Interestingly, the Anamika is listed as operated by “delayed blow back” but also refers to the firing mechanism as “Open Bolt”. It is difficult to imagine a reverse engineered MP5 operating from a open-bolt system, especially with the cocking handle and bolt hold open notch, so I’m guessing this was an advertising error. It would be interesting to see if the IOF can reverse engineer the mainstay of the MP5 line: the roller-delayed blowback system.

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OFB/IOF Anamika 9mm submachine gun.

Another discrepancy lists the Anamika as “highly reliable in single shot and burst mode”, yet in the specifications it is listed as “AUTO & SINGLE”. As such, is difficult to determine if it will come with any trigger pack options. However, the trigger pack does appear to be a two-pin assembly. Also missing are the iconic H&K front and rear sights. The barrel appears to have a three-lug adapter for flash hider or sound suppressor attachments.

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OFB/IOF Anamika 9mm submachine gun.

The entire gun is made out of stamped metal with no polymer parts to be found. With the limited number of pictures available, the build quality is average at best. Although, the displayed weapons could have been prototypes and yet to be finalized before manufacturing.

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OFB/IOF Anamika 9mm submachine gun.

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OFB/IOF Anamika 9mm submachine gun.

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OFB/IOF Anamika 9mm submachine gun.

We have reached out to both the OFB and SAF for more information. Hopefully we will be able to report additional details as they become available.


General Manager
Small Arms Factory
Kalpi Road, Kanpur
PIN – 208009
Uttar Pradesh, India.

Phone : 0512-2295042-46
Fax : 0512-2296229
Email : saf.ofb@nic.in
Website address : http://ofb.gov.in/units/index.php?unit=saf



Pete

LE – Science – OSINT.
On a mission to make all of my guns as quiet as possible.
Pete.M@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • Aimz

    Oh, Indian made firearms….I’ll just stop there.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      “Do you have you a like and works effectively? Does it just not have quiet enough curves on it? …. We’ll fix those problems.”

    • Harry’s Holsters

      I wonder if it’ll blow up after 1000 rounds or just fall apart.

      • Anon

        Why not both?

      • Aimz

        You’re being too optimistic. It will probably stop working after a few magazines.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          I figured it start malfunctioning around 10 rounds but it should at least make it a couple hundred before it blows up or falls apart.

  • gunsandrockets

    Huh, for some reason I thought the MP5 had a low cyclic rate of fire. 800 rpm is pretty fast for a SMG.

    • Pete M. – TFB Writer

      The MP5K is even a little higher at 900rpm

    • iksnilol

      SMGs have a tendency to be fast. Not so weird considering how short pistol cartridges are.

  • Petto

    Wow it looks like a Steam Punk version of the MP5

    • Harry’s Holsters

      Steam punk mixed with 70s scifi.

  • Ax

    The Indian Ordnance Factory has an absolutely terrible reputation, even among Indians, who are its harshest critics. I predict that any problem that can occur when producing mp5 clones will occur en masse, and that these problems will not be remedied by the factory, but suffered by the users of these firearms.

    I wish all the best to India and her people.

  • HB

    And the says it’s mechanism is “Open Bolt”….?????
    OPEN BOLT????????

  • Anon

    If the Indians thought that it would be a good idea to make a stock for a bolt-action rifle that appeared to be made out of a clothes hanger, then may God have mercy on the end user of this crap.

  • Anon

    “What if we take a mp5, over design it, channel the looks of a stg44, then use awful build quality?”
    “Sahil! You are a genius!”
    “What if we also overcharge the Indian got for them when they buy them?”
    “Sahil, you’re gonna go places someday.”
    “Yes, I think I’d be perfect material for taurus”

    • Aimz

      Pretty sure even Taurus will turn this crap down, and that is saying something

  • Edeco

    hey, that grip looks comfortable. Highly angled, thumbrest and the trigger guard tilted up to allow higher grip.

    • Pete M. – TFB Writer

      I actually prefer the minimalist HK grip to anything else.

      • Edeco

        yeah, never held one but a satin finish oval tube would suit me fine.

  • Bierstadt54

    If I understand this correctly, the IOF (lauded for inefficiency and poor manufacturing) has selected to copy a firearm whose overwhelming virtue and reason for success is its incredible reliability thanks to its German precision engineering and manufacture. While I am skipping over plenty of other details, I am pretty sure I have hit the 800 pound gorilla. Those poor, poor end users…

    • Pete M. – TFB Writer

      Pretty sure you’ve got it.

    • Sasquatch

      Took the word right out of my mouth, or should I say fingers…… Becuase I’m typing.

  • Martin M

    Are they still producing Sterlings as well?

    • Pete M. – TFB Writer

      Sure are. Listed on their website and in the pics.

      • Martin M

        Indian manufactured or not, I’d still take two.

      • HB

        Maybe they would discontinue sterling around 22nd century….

    • Harry’s Holsters

      The sterlings are cool guns!

  • iksnilol

    10 bucks says they will manage to screw up something as simple as cloning an MP5.

    • nurwva

      MP5 is not easy to clone, but it appears their are no real cheap alternative designs. The only exception being perhaps the K7 by Daewoo (which was designed as a cheaper alternative to the MP5), India should have cloned that.

      • snmp

        Vityaz-SN (AK base)

    • DW

      100 bucks. They managed to screwed up AK, you know.

  • 40mmCattleDog

    Every time I see “India Ordnance Factory creates X weapon” I cringe and think here we go again.

  • El Duderino

    Why is it when I see weapons made in India, I think of playing Civilization and running into that opposing player who is like 20 technologies back from me e.g. my infantry encounters their musketmen.

  • Ghost930

    Be interesting to see if HK tries to sue them over patent and manufacturing license rights infringement . Not that they will get anywhere with that. Be kind of like trying to sue China over all the copies they make.

    • HB

      Maybe that’s not easy(if not impossible), because MP5 itself is now more than 50 years old and most of the patents related to HK roller locking rifle/SMGs are dating back to 1950s….. It’s almost as old as AR.

    • Pete M. – TFB Writer

      I was wondering the same thing.

    • stfram1

      Norinco makes an exact copy of the MP5, and HK Germany has done nothing. This pathetic Indian “copy” (and that’s being generous) isn’t even on their radar.

  • Ben Loong

    It’s the “provide sustained workload for SAF” bit that seems really telling about the organization’s priorities.

    The IOF is a painfully textbook example of a bloated, budget-maximizing bureaucracy.

    • Pete M. – TFB Writer

      Exactly what I was thinking. “We have to find something for all these people to do!”

      • Ben Loong

        It’s even more painful when you compare it to examples of far better managed entities. (Ex. Pakistan Ordnance Factories, ST Kinetics, PT Pindad)
        Hell, my country’s government arsena has nowhere near the resources of the IOF, but they’ve turned out far better work with just 24 people in their small arms repair and upgrade division.

  • CoastieGM

    Maybe its the angle but does that foregrip look like its tilted a quarter inch off to the left like the rails aren’t properly aligned. I know thats just piling on a bit considering the terrible build qualitty but if they can’t even get the rails on correctly then there is no way the internals of that poor misguided attempt at german engineering is going to be anything other than a disaster.

  • Lou

    This is interesting as India purchased 36,000 Beretta Mx4 sub machine-guns (select-fire CX4) in 9mm a few years ago for their national police. The purchase prompted Beretta to finish development of their 30rd 92 series magazine as a 30 round magazine was a requirement – that’s why these magazines became available.

  • AHill

    Considering the INSAS debacle who wants to bet that the gun will either be a straight blowback or if they do manage to build something resembling an HK Bolt with rollers, it will again end up functioning as a straight blowback?

  • Silverado

    Reverse engineered. Those…minced words are too kind. Isn’t that the same thing as ripping them off?? Of course it is…

  • Steve Skubinna

    I’m actually more interested in that Sterling in some of the photos. What’s up with that?