Army issues tenders to buy 62,500 BPJs for protection against steel core bullets

The Indian Army has issued tenders for acquiring 62,500 bulletproof jackets (BPJs) for its frontline troops which would be able to protect them from steel core bullets.

The Ministry of Defence has issued two separate tenders for these jackets under Make in India including one for 47,627 jackets under the normal route and the other one for 15,000 jackets under emergency procurement procedures which would be finalised in the next three to four months, Indian Army officials said.

The procurement for 47,627 jackets would be done in phases and is expected to be completed in the next 18-24 months

The specifications listed by the Army state that “the BPJ should be able to protect a soldier against 7.62 mm armour-piercing rifle ammunition as well as steel core bullets fired from a distance of 10 metres”.

In a few of the incidents in the Kashmir valley, militants used American armour-piercing bullets in gunfights with Indian government forces and were successful in breaching the bulletproof jackets of troops.

The jackets being procured through these two tenders would be level four which are considered to be effective against steel core bullets and would be first provided to the troops deployed in militant operations in Jammu and Kashmir.

force would ensure that the jackets have been made in India and material is not sourced from any of the adversaries.