Bhabha Kavach, billed as “India’s lightest bullet-proof jacket”, was launched at the International Police Expo 2019 in New Delhi last week.
The bullet-proof jacket, developed jointly by the Ordnance Factories Board and the public sector metals and metal alloys manufacturer MIDHANI, can withstand bullets from an AK-47 assault rifle (7.62 mm hard steel core bullets), and the 5.56 mm INSAS rifle, according to a press release issued by the Expo.
The Kavach weighs 9.2 kg, a half kilogram less than the weight for a bullet-proof jacket prescribed by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the release said.
It quoted a senior Ordnance Factories Board official as saying the jacket “is powered with nano technology from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre”, and has a five-year warranty.
“A large number of queries are coming from state police departments including Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Gujarat,” the official was quoted as saying.