DRDO Develops India’s Lightest Bullet Proof Jacket

The Ministry of Defence reported that the bulletproof jacket was successfully tested at the Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL) in Chandigarh.

DRDO Develops India’s Lightest Bullet Proof Jacket

DRDO’s Defence Materials and Stores Research and Development Establishment in Kanpur has successfully developed the lightest Bullet Proof Jacket in the country. It offers protection against 7.62 x 54 R API ammunition, which is classified as Level 6 according to BIS 17051 standards. Recently, this bulletproof jacket underwent successful testing at the Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory in Chandigarh, in accordance with BIS 17051-2018 specifications. This jacket is based on a new design approach, incorporating novel materials and processes.

The front Hard Armor Panel (HAP) of this jacket can withstand multiple hits (06 shots) of 7.62 x 54 R API (Sniper rounds) in both ICW (In-conjunction with) and Standalone designs. The ergonomically designed front HAP is composed of a monolithic ceramic plate with polymer backing, which improves wearability and comfort during operations. The areal density of the ICW Hard Armor Panel (HAP) is less than 40 kg/m2, while the standalone HAP is less than 43 kg/m2.

A Brief History of Bullet Proof Jackets

Bulletproof jackets are designed to shield the wearer’s torso from bullets. They were initially developed extensively during World War II, typically comprising overlapping plates of steel, aluminum, or bonded fiberglass attached within a nylon garment for wearer protection. Nowadays, modern bulletproof jackets are usually constructed from a range of materials such as Kevlar, steel, polyethylene (PE), or ceramic.

Indian Army Issues two tenders to procure 62,500 Bulletproof Jackets

Amid the threat of terrorists potentially using steel core bullets in India, the Indian Army has released tenders to purchase 62,500 bulletproof jackets (BPJs) for its frontline troops. These jackets are intended to provide protection against such bullets. The Ministry of Defence has issued two separate tenders for these jackets as part of the Make in India initiative. One tender is for 47,627 jackets through the normal route, while the other is for 15,000 jackets under emergency procurement procedures. The procurement process for the emergency jackets is expected to be finalized within the next three to four months.

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