Excerpts of the exclusive tête-à-tête with Ashish Kansal
SW: How did your journey of bulletproof jacket manufacturing start?
Ashish: Our company SMPP Pvt. Ltd., named after my great grandfather, started with manufacturing in 1985. Later in 2004, we decided to venture into bulletproof jackets. That’s when research started and finally we came out with a first tested product in 2008.
SW: From where do you source Boron-Carbide ceramics for the jackets?
Ashish: Boron-Carbide ceramic is one of the most expensive materials that is used in our jackets. We are making that in-house.
SW: How critical or stringent is it to meet the requirements set by Indian Army?
Ashish: Let me picture it like this, bulletproof jackets work in a different manner, either they pass or fail. There is no in between way. A soldier not wearing a jacket in a war-field is better than a soldier wearing a jacket which doesn’t work.
SW: On what BIS quality standards, does the new jacket stand?
Ashish: There are no BIS standards in India for bulletproof jackets. We are in the process of formulating them and I am one of the committee members for this.
SW: Where are your manufacturing facilities located and to which countries you export the bulletproof jackets?
Ashish: We have our manufacturing facilities in New Delhi and Faridabad. We are exporting our products to Germany, France, Israel, UK, Australia, South Korea, and Egypt and are part of critical projects like armouring of Airbus A400M aircrafts.