In yet another major achievement, the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has developed a next-generation bulletproof jacket for the Indian armed forces.
It is said that the jacket is not only cheaper but also much lighter.
Christened as Bhabha Kavach and named after nuclear physicist Dr. Homi J. Bhabha, the jacket was developed at BARC’s Trombay centre.
This development came in response to a request from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Sources at BARC said that the jacket weighs just 6.6 kg in comparison to the 17-kg jackets in use.
They also confirmed that the jacket has passed over 30 tests carried out by certified agencies.
Bhabha Kavach is available in three variants as per the requirement of the armed forces.
Apart from joint team of the CRPF, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, and the Central Industrial Security Force, event the northern command of the Indian Army is also testing a variant of the jacket in Jammu and Kashmir.
While the cost of a Bhabha Kavach is ₹70,000, jackets of similar strength are available in the range of ₹1.5 lakh and have to be imported.