A bullet-proof jacket for Indian Army designed by scientist Professor Shantanu Bhowmick, who is the department head of aerospace engineering in Coimbatore’s Amrita University, has finally received the government's approval.
Dr Bhowmick’s jacket has been developed using indigenous ultra modern lightweight thermoplastic technology. The jacket will be introduced in the PM’s ‘Make in India’ project and manufacturing them will begin once it the PMO gives the green signal.
According to reports, the jacket is a joint collaboration of DRO and the Ministry of Defence, and it is the first time in 70 years that the Army will have bullet-proof jacket.
Dr Bhowmick's jacket will cost only Rs 50,000 per jacket which is one-third cost Of imported ones. Currently, India spends Rs 1.5 lakh on a single jacket used by the military and para-military forces. These jackets are imported from America. That means India will save Rs 20,000 crores every year.
The present bullet proof jackets being used by our jawans in the Army, BSF, CRPF and Police are heavy, weighing anywhere between 15-18 kgs.
These new light weight jackets weigh 6-8 times less at just 1.5 kg. It has 20 layers and the carbon fiber in it will enable the jacket to work in 57 degrees Celsius also.