After two decade-long wait for lighter headgear, the Indian Army has finally received modern ballistic helmets this month which can bear impact from short range, Economic Times reported.
Earlier in 2017, Kanpur-based MKU Limited, which supplies military equipment to0 the UN and NATO, was awarded a contract worth Rs 180 crore to manufacture about 1.6 lakh helmets with 13 mm trauma protection pads.
According to the same Economic Times report, the company recently delivered the first batch of the helmets.
The helmets, Financial Express reported, are designed to bear the impact of 9 mm ammunition fired from a short range, which meets the global standard for protection among leading armed forces. They are also designed to be comfortable and can be integrated with communication and night-vision devices.
This is the first large scale order of helmets by the Army in more than two decades, NDTV reported.
The army, according to an India Times report, has been demanding the helmets because the existing ones are bulky and only provide protection from splinters and rocks.
In 2016, Zee News reported that the government had signed a Rs 140 crore deal to purchase 50,000 bulletproof jackets from Tata Advanced Materials Limited. Both MKU Limited and Tata Advanced Materials were given the contract to provide 25,000 bullet-proof jackets each.
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Updated Date: Jun 27, 2017 21:35:18 IST