NEW DELHI: 9 years after it 1st made a request for more than 1.86 lakh Indian Army Bullet Proof Jacket, the govt. Today signed a serious ‘Make in India’ contract which is able to see the army finally acquire the life-saving kit its soldiers urgently need throughout operations.
The contract has been won by SMPP Pvt Ltd, a small Delhi based company that contains a research and Development Centre within the Okhla Industrial Area. “These Indian Army Bullet Proof Jacket have ‘Boron carbide Ceramic’ that is the lightest material for trajectory protection,” the corporate said.
The army, that has struggled to accumulate armor for its soldiers owing to an oppressively slow procurement system, says the new jackets have standard elements that offer “immense protection and flexibility to troopers operative in several operational things starting from long distance patrolling to high-risk room intervention scenarios.
In 2009, the govt. accepted an army demand for 1.86 lakh Indian Army Bullet Proof Jacket however the order fell through after none of the vendors cleared trials conducted by the army. There were a few solutions since these jackets were designed to older specifications and failed to meet the standards that the army was searching for. Besides being a significant win for the government’s created to take the initiative, the new suit of armor “will boost the confidence of the soldier and provide moral status to security forces”.
Modern Indian Army Helmets:
It has been a long, very long time since the Indian Army had requested for safer headgear. As belated as it perhaps, there is some excellent news on that front. Our soldiers are set to induce new bullet-proof Advanced Combat Helmets. Tensions on the borders are flaring up. And for the men protecting our borders, there’s no respite, there’s no ‘safe’ time. Sensitive areas will expertise combat at any time and our soldiers ought to be prepared and well-equipped for any situation.
Head injuries and traumas are clearly a large concern. it is not simply bullets that cause head injuries. There are shells and different fragments too that cause long trauma as well as fatal threats. Therefore the need for higher and safer headgear was dire. Thankfully, after an extended wait, an order of 1,58, 279 helmets has been approved and can be delivered over the next 2 years. The helmets are not only for the army, however the navy and also the un troopers as well. The priority is to induce these for the soldiers on the LoC and lac (Line of Actual Control) and people deployed for countering insurgency and terrorist acts.
The contract has been offered to MKU India Pvt Ltd as a part of the Make In India initiative. MKU has totally different designs for ballistic helmets in its arsenal. As per reports, there’ll be 2 types of helmets manufactured by the Kanpur-based company for the soldier’s normal trajectory and command trajectory. The latter provides the choice of putting headgear and has an in-built communication kit, the present the current patka helmets haven’t got.
Indian Army Patka Helmet does not offer protection on the highest or the back of the top. The present combat helmets are said to weigh around 2.5 kg. As for the new hi-tech helmets, they weigh 1.2 kg-1.4 kg. the lightweight improves maneuverability. The memory foam padding within makes for a higher fit reduces the chance of creating adjustments throughout combat. most significantly, the Kevlar within helps bear the impact of nine-millimeter ammunition fired from short-range (20 meters).
The Enhanced Combat helmets ordered are the bolted versions of the Mukut variant created by MKU. Those without the bolts are the same to be safer on impact. However, currently, the Indian Army has ordered helmets with bolts thanks to the price difference. The new helmets also will offer for Behind Armour Blunt Trauma (BABT) of less than ten millimeters, that is close to four-hundredth lower compared to those in use as of currently (As tested with a 9mm bullet as per HPW 0401.01b at HP White Labs, USA). 7,500helmets have already been delivered, whereas others are in production or undergoing ballistic tests.