New Delhi: A contract has been signed for procuring 1,86,138 Bullet Proof Jackets (BPJs) for the Army which will provide 360 degree protection to the soldier including from the latest hard steel core bullets, an official statement said on Monday.
The statement said that the requirement of the Army for effective BPJs has been met after successful conduct of stringent field evaluation trials. “The contracted BPJs have contemporary and state-of-the-art specifications with added protection level and coverage area,” the release said.
“This has given an impetus to the ‘Make in India’ initiative and provides confidence that the Indian Industry is capable of fulfilling the requirements of Indian Army for its personal protective equipment,” it said.
The statement said that provisioning of this operationally urgent and very critical equipment concerning personal ballistic protection will boost confidence of the soldier and provide moral ascendency to security forces.
“The case was processed as a ‘Buy Indian’. The provision of these new BPJs was done by Indian manufacturers who were successful in the trials.