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Indian Army might soon be getting better, lighter helmets
After a wait of nearly two decades, Indian soldiers could be getting better & lighter helmets. While modernisation of the equipment that Indian army uses might not have seen light of the day yet, the army is set to get better helmets for use by its soldiers.

As per reports, a contract for 1,58,279 light-weight ballistic helmets, worth around Rs 170 crore, is in the final stages of being signed.

The new helmets will be procured from MKU, an Indian manufacturer and will be equipped with 13mm trauma protection pads, while those for "commanders" will come with integrated communication headsets.

Light-weight ballistic helmets have been demanded by the army for almost two decades now. The army has been complaining that the existing helmets are bulky and also provide protection from only splinters and rocks and not against bullets

The conventional helmets weigh around 2.5 kg and offer protection only for the forehead and the back of the head leaving the sides vulnerable.

Earlier this year, the Army had signed a deal worth Rs 140 crore for "emergency" procurement of 50,000 new bullet-proof jackets from Tata Advanced Materials Limited.

TOI quoted an Army officer saying, "Head injuries are a major problem in both conventional as well as counter-insurgency operations. We want ballistic helmets that can stop 9mm bullets from around 20 metres. It should also be possible to mount night-vision sights, protective goggles and other devices on them."

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