Make In India: DRDO Lab Develops Lightweight Bullet Proof Jacket For Indian Army, Made To Increase Comfort Of Soldiers
Make In India: DRDO Lab Develops Lightweight Bullet Proof Jacket For Indian Army, Made To Increase Comfort Of SoldiersIndian army soldiers stand guard at the Chakan-da-Bagh outpost on the India- Pakistan border near Poonch (Photo credits- AFP/Getty Images)

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) lab Defence Materials and Stores Research and Development Establishment (DMSRDE), Kanpur has developed a lightweight Bullet Proof Jacket (BPJ) weighing 9.0 kilogrammes, meeting the qualitative requirements of Indian Army.

The Front Hard Armour Panel (FHAP) jacket was tested at Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL), Chandigarh and met relevant BIS standards. The importance of this vital development lies in the fact that each gram of BPJ weight reduction is crucial in enhancing soldier comfort while ensuring survivability.

This technology reduces the weight of the medium sized BPJ from 10.4 to 9.0 kilogrammes. Very specific materials and processing technologies have been developed in the laboratories for the purpose.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO scientists and industry for developing the light weight BPJ to make the soldiers more comfortable. Chairman of DRDO, Dr G Satheesh Reddy congratulated the DMSRDE team for the development.

Recently the DRDO also developed and successfully conducted the final test of the land-based prototype of the Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) system in Mumbai.

This new AIP system means the diesel submarines can stay underwater for longer periods of time and become more silent than nuclear submarines.

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