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A decades-long wait has ended - Indian Army to get bullet proof helmets
A decades-long pending demand of the Indian Army that it should be provided bullet proof helmets has been approved. The contract has been awarded to a Kanpur-based Indian company, MKU Industries.

In the Rs 170-180 crore deal, the company will now manufacture 1.58 lakh helmets. The new helmets will be delivered to the army within three years.

The new modern helmets are being reported to be lighter than the current 2.5 kg weighing helmet. They are designed to withstand the impact of 9 mm ammunition fired from a short range.

Last year, in a major upgrade to the body armour provided to soldiers, the government had signed an emergency contract with Tata Advanced Materials Limited to purchase 50,000 new bulletproof jackets.

The army is also in process of evaluating more advanced jackets for soldiers that will provide them a greater degree of protection from bullets.

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, in his first press conference on Friday, had also said that Army is already in process of providing world-class gear to frontline soldiers.

In one of the major upgrades, more than a decade ago, the Indian Army was provided with Israeli OR-201 helmets made of Glass Reinforced Plastic. But these were provided only to the Army's elite para special forces. However, regular soldiers had to make do with heavy domestically-made helmets, known as patka, which were not comfortable to wear during combat situations and weigh more than 2.5 kilograms.

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