Yet another long-pending demand of the Indian Army is of the 1.86 lakh bullet-proof jackets especially for the forces engaged in counter-insurgency operations.
Now the Defence Ministry has gone ahead and signed a contract worth nearly Rs 640 crore for their procurement.
The Ministry has stated that the contract was finalized after successful field evaluation trials.
Interestingly, the contact has been given to the indigenous defence manufacturer SMPP Pvt Ltd and it totally complies with the Make in India policy.
It is said that the bullet-proof jackets currently in use by the Army personnel are heavy and not durable enough.
The new jackets will provide 360 degree protection to the soldier in combat including from latest hard steel core bullets.>