The Indian army’s infantry soldiers will soon get modern bullet-proof jackets under a Rs 639 crore contract inked on Monday.
The army said the major contract for procurement of 1,86,138 bullet-proof jackets (BPJs) has been signed with domestic private company SMPP Pvt. Ltd after successful conduct of stringent field evaluation trials, the Times of India reported.
“The new BPJs will provide 360 degree protection to soldiers in combat, including from latest hard steel core bullets,” an officer was quoted as saying.
As per the contract, SMPP will start the supply of the BPJs within the next few months and complete the entire order within a period of three years.
The 1.3-lakh strong army’s overall requirement for 3,53,765 new BPJs has been hanging fire for almost a decade now, while its soldiers make do with old bulky ones that provide poor protection and are near the end of their operational life.