Indian Army to ‘fi­nally' get bul­let­proof jack­ets; pact worth Rs. 639 cr. signed

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Nine years since the first de­mand was made, the Indian Army has inked a ma­jor con­tract to pro­cure 1.86 lakh (1,86,138 pcs. to be precise) bul­let­proof jack­ets (BPJs) from an in­dige­nous man­u­fac­turer. The con­tract, worth Rs. 639 crore, has been made with SMPP Pri­vate Lim­ited, which spe­cialises in bul­let­proof so­lu­tions and has al­ready sup­plied prod­ucts to Air Force, naval com­man­dos and para­mil­i­tary forces. It is per­ti­nent to men­tion here that var­i­ous ven­dors ap­plied to pro­vide the Indian Army with BPJs but failed to meet the stan­dards com­pris­ing light-weight gear that can pro­tect head, neck, chest, groin and sides of the foot-sol­diers along­side of­fer­ing greater agility.

Un­der the terms of the con­tract, the bul­let­proof jack­ets that will be pro­vided to the Indian Army will boast of state-of-the-art spec­i­fi­ca­tions along with the en­hanced pro­tec­tion level. The mod­u­lar­ity fea­ture in these jack­ets will not only pro­vide pro­tec­tion to the sol­dier’s body but will also en­able flex­i­bil­ity. New bul­let­proof jack­ets en­sure 360-de­gree pro­tec­tion to the sol­dier dur­ing wartime even from the hard steel core am­mu­ni­tion.

Fur­ther­more, the pro­cure­ment of BPJs has been made un­der the ‘Buy Indian’ cat­e­gory of the De­fence Pro­cure­ment Pro­ce­dure, giv­ing a boost to Cen­tral Govern­ment’s ‘Make In In­dia’ ini­tia­tive. The agree­ment was fi­nalised af­ter se­ri­ous con­cerns over BPJs for the Army men was raised amidst the security sit­u­a­tion at the bor­der and in counter-ter­ror­ism areas.

The prod­ucts will even meet the most strin­gent stan­dards of the Indian Army – ad­vanced GSQRs 1438 (tech­ni­cal pa­ram­e­ters).

“These bul­let­proof jack­ets have ‘Boron Car­bide Ceramic’ which is the light­est ma­te­rial for bal­lis­tic pro­tec­tion,” Dr. S C Kansal, CMD, SMPP, said. It is ex­pected that SMPP Pri­vate Lim­ited will com­plete the de­liv­ery of jack­ets in the com­ing three years.

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