ACQUISITION OF BULLET PROOF JACKETS FOR INDIAN ARMY
The procurement of bullet proof jackets for the authorised quantity as per Annual Provisioning Review is an ongoing process. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) had accorded acceptance of necessity (AoN) to procure 1,86,138 bullet proof jackets. Request for proposal (RFP) in this case has been retracted due to failure of samples given by vendors in trials. However, one time relaxation in existing financial powers of Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS) has been given to procure 50,000 bullet proof jackets through revenue route. Further, Commands have been given approval to procure minimum inescapable quantity of bullet proof jackets through Army Commanders Special Powers Fund to meet urgent operational requirements. The bullet proof jackets are procured based on General Staff Qualitative Requirements (GSQRs) which are reviewed from time to time based on the requirement of the armed forces.
This information was given by the Minister of Defence Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Majeed Memon in Rajya Sabha recently.