New Delhi: The Indian army has received the first lot of 50,000 bulletproof jacket for Its soldiers last month, defence minister Manohar Parrikar informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply on Wednesday.
While it is a step in the right direction to provide safety to the soldiers safeguarding the boundary, the 50,000 vests are against the 3,53,765 jackets required. The order for 3,53,765 bulletproof vests were first placed in 2009.
“The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) had accorded Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) in October, 2009 for procurement of 3,53,765 Bullet Proof Jackets (BPJs), including quantity 1,86,138 to be procured in the 11th Army Plan.
The Request for Proposal (RFP) was issued to 36 vendors on 3.3.2011, but had to be retracted on 8.12.2011 to address issues in respect of conduct of trials,” said Manohar Parrikar in an statement.