The Government of India has signed a major capital procurement contract for the purchase of 186,138 bulletproof jackets for the Indian Army.
Signed under the ‘Make in India’ initiative, the contract will see the supply of the life-saving jackets to the Indian Army after nine years since it made its first request, reported NDTV.
The deal for the urgently required jackets follows a series of field evaluation trials.
Ergonomically designed jackets feature contemporary and advanced specifications with additional protection and a bigger coverage area.
Modular equipment will provide enhanced protection and portability to the soldiers deployed in different operational situations, ranging from long-distance patrolling to high-risk room intervention scenarios.
The jackets are designed to provide soldiers with 360° protection from latest hard steel core bullets in combat scenarios.
The current contract has been processed under the ‘Buy Indian’ category, supporting Indian manufacturers in fulfilling the Indian Army requirements for its personal protective equipment.
Specialist bulletproof solutions company SMPP is claimed to have received the procurement contract, reported The Economic Times.
The company said that the project is worth Rs6,390m ($98.46m).
SMPP has already delivered bulletproof products to the air force, navy and paramilitary forces in India.