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9 Years Later, Govt Inks Rs 639 Crore Deal For 1.86 Lakh New Bulletproof Jackets For Soldiers

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| April 10 , 2018 , 11:23 IST

Around 9 years after the government in 2009 accepted an army requirement for 1.86 lakh bulletproof jackets, the government inked a Rs 639 crore contract on Monday for the bulletproof jackets for infantry soldiers.

Since 2009, various orders fell through after none of the vendors were able to clear trials conducted by the army, but now the Army has confirmed that the procurement contract 1,86,138 bullet-proof jackets (BPJs) has been signed with domestic private company SMPP Pvt. Ltd after successful trials.

“The contracted BPJs have contemporary and state-of-the-art specifications with added protection level and coverage area. These ergonomically designed BPJs have modular parts, thereby providing immense protection and flexibility to soldiers operating in different operational situations ranging from long-distance patrolling to high-risk room intervention scenarios,” said an officer.

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“The new BPJs will provide 360-degree protection to soldiers in combat, including from latest hard steel core bullets,” he added.

According to the contract, SMPP will begin the supply of the BPJs within the next few months and complete the full order within 3 years.

 “The new jackets meet the most advanced GSQRs 1438 (technical parameters) standards of the Indian Army. These BPJs have `Boron Carbide Ceramic’, which is the lightest material for ballistic protection,” said SMPP chairman S C Kansal.

The previous bulletproof jackets that are currently in use are bulky, provide poor protection and are nearly at the end of their operational life.