A major contract through capital
procurement route, for procurement of 1,86,138 Bullet Proof Jackets has been
signed, says a release from Indian Defense News.
The defence ministry said the indigenously
developed bullet proof jackets will give new impetus to the ‘Make in India’
initiative of the government.
The defence ministry on Monday(April 9,
2018) signed a contract with a defence firm for procurement of 1.86 lakh bullet
proof jackets for the army at a cost of Rs 639 crore.
In a statement, the ministry said the
contract was finalised after “successful” field evaluation trials.
The contract has been bagged by indigenous
defence manufacturer SMPP Pvt Ltd.
“A major contract through capital
procurement route, for procurement of 1,86,138 Bullet Proof Jackets (BPJs) has
been signed,” it said.
It said the new BPJs will provide “360 degree
protection” to the soldier in combat, including from hard “steel core” bullets.
“These bulletproof jackets will have
‘boron carbide ceramic’ which is the lightest material for ballistic
protection. This makes SMPP BPJs the best of the class and will be able to
provide ballistic protection at the lowest possible weight,” Chairman and
Managing Director of SMPP S C Kansal said.
The company said the size of the contract
is Rs 639 crore.
The defence ministry said the new BPJs
will boost the confidence of soldiers. It said the indigenously developed BPJs
will give new impetus to the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the government and
provide confidence that Indian industry is capable of fulfilling the
requirements of the armed forces.