Indian Army gets first batch of modern bullet-proof helmets: Report

In March this year, government think-tank NITI Aayog had prepared a draft note on 'incentivising' domestic manufacturing of light weight body armours for the army and para-military forces. There's a requirement of over 50,000 bullet proof kits for the police force in the country.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 28, 2017 9:29 am
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The Indian Army has reportedly received its first batch of bullet-proof helmets from Kanpur-based MKU Industries which was awarded a contract to manufacture 1.58 lakh helmets at the cost of Rs 180 crore. According to a report in the Economic Times, MKU claims that the bullet-proof helmets go through rigorous quality tests and ballistic lab test conducted at the company’s testing facilities in India as well as in Germany. The new helmets are reportedly designed to bear the impact of 9 mm ammunition fired from a short range. This, reports add, match global standards of equipment for armed forces.

Speaking to Economic Times, MKU’s Managing Director Neeraj Gupta said: “Head is the most venerable part of the body to get injured in a combat operation. According to studies, 26 per cent to 28 per cent of soldiers die because of head injuries. In addition to the current 1.6 lakh order, we hope to deliver over 7 lakh helmets to Indian Army and overall one million helmets to different Indian armed forces.”

In March this year, government think-tank NITI Aayog had prepared a draft note on ‘incentivising’ domestic manufacturing of light weight body armours for the army and para-military forces. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had reportedly asked NITI Aayog to prepare a roadmap on the possibility of encouraging production of home-made light weight body armours. As of now, besides MKU, Tata Advanced Materials exports body armour to armed forces around the world including United Kingdom, Germany and Spain. News agency PTI reports that as per estimates, there’s a requirement of over 50,000 bullet proof kits for the police force in the country.

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    Gerry
    Jun 28, 2017 at 1:10 pm
    TYPICALLY, 9mm HANDGUNS ARE ONLY EFFECTIVE UP TO 100 OR SO YARDS IN THE HANDS OF A SKILLED SHOOTER, AND LESS THAN 50 YARDS FOR AN AVERAGE SHOOTER. These helmets would prove to be almost useless in active operations by the Indian Army where the standard battle weapon of our probable adversaries is a Rifle. These HELMETS would also be useless against terrorists armed with assault rifles. Perhaps good for paramilitary forces and Army soldiers against stone-pelters and pellet guns!!!!! At best they would reduce the impact of a bullet fired from a high velocity weapon.
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      RANA
      Jun 28, 2017 at 11:53 am
      Wtf...helmet is being tested for 9mm ammunition. What about the 7.62 x 39mm ammunition which is generally ak47 or assault rifle ammunition. This whole deal is just eyewash or maybe a scam. Terrorist and pa.k army generally use ak47 or 50cal snipers will the helmets protect from them???
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        rddy
        Jun 28, 2017 at 11:25 am
        Atlast we got one Prime Minister, who wants to strengthen our Army with our own industry, in congress rule, they never wants to develop our local industries as they were busy in getting commision from the contracts.
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          Gerry
          Jun 28, 2017 at 1:14 pm
          You have taken leave of your ballistic wisdom ,or WORSE you have NONE. -up you on matters of serious consequence to the Armed Forces but continue crowing about your Hero who has feet of Clay!
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          Suraj
          Jun 28, 2017 at 9:42 am
          Really shocked to know that we dont even have helmets to protect our own soldiers and we think we are some sort of superpower.
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            shailendra
            Jun 28, 2017 at 11:18 am
            this is how earlier government made police Military people suffer in war like situation, at least this govt. is making a effort to Make in India and secure save our brave solders from deadly attacks
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              Mohammad Dar
              Jun 28, 2017 at 11:33 am
              in hindu stupid dreams of hindus ignorant s , high on holy drink of hinduism stinky ism, by faith, called cow cola.
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