BIS-stan­dard bul­let­proof vests a big hit

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: Bul­let-re­sis­tant jack­ets man­u­fac­tured as per the BIS stan­dards, which are 50% lighter and cheaper than those man­u­fac­tured by oth­ers, have be­come more pop­u­lar among the se­cu­rity agen­cies in less than a year af­ter the new norms came into force. These jack­ets can with­stand bul­lets from AK-47 and more in­tense as­sault, Union min­is­ter Ram Vi­las Paswan said on Fri­day.

“BIS has for­mu­lated the na­tional stan­dards for bul­let­proof jack­ets which will pro­mote ‘Make in In­dia’. This jacket is of best qual­ity in the world and are more con­ve­nient for our jawans. There have been in­crease in the ex­port of these jack­ets. Se­cu­rity agen­cies are now spec­i­fy­ing the BIS stan­dards while invit­ing bids for bulk sup­ply,” Paswan said while show­cas­ing a jacket.

In De­cem­ber 2018, In­dia joined the se­lect league of na­tions such as the United States, United King­dom and Ger­many which have their own na­tional stan­dards. The min­is­ter said there is a de­mand of 3.5 lakh such jack­ets only in In­dia. The new stan­dards are ex­pected to ful­fil the long pend­ing needs of In­dian Armed Forces, para mil­i­tary forces and state po­lice forces.

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