The long-pending demand of the Indian Army for in excess of 1.86 lakh bullet proof jackets should finally be met soon with the Defense Ministry on Monday signing an agreement worth almost Rs 640 crore for their procurement. In an announcement, the ministry said the agreement was finalised after “successful” field evaluation trials.

The agreement has been packed away by indigenous defence manufacturer SMPP Pvt Ltd, under the Make in India policy for the coats. The bullet proof jackets right now in Army’s possession are heavy and not sufficient to give protection to all organs.

The Army said that new jackets will have modular parts giving protection and flexibility to infantry fighters in various operational circumstances going from long distance patrolling to high risk room intercession situations. The new jackets will give 360 degree security to the trooper in battle, including from most recent hard steel core bullets.

“A noteworthy contract through capital procurement route, for acquisition of 1,86,138 shot confirmation coats (BPJs) has been signed. The approaching necessity of the Indian Army for powerful BPJs, has been met after successful lead of stringent field field trials,” the Army said in an announcement on Monday.

The new bullet proof jackets are intended to give security to officers in view of expanding risk from low, medium and high speed projectile, particularly amid counter dread tasks that can continue for hours.

This sort of defensive gears is the need of great importance, authorities said.

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