National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 18 July 2017
The Government is in process of procuring 1,86,138 Bullet Proof Jackets (BPJs). Fifty thousand BPJs have been delivered to meet urgent requirement of Indian Army. Meanwhile, efforts are on to develop indigenous BPJs. MoS Defence Dr. Subhash Bhamre informed Rajya Sabha tha today that no BPJs have been imported in last 3 years.
Defence Materials and Stores Research and Development Establishment (DMSRDE) of DRDO is engaged in research and development. In addition, 12 Indian companies have been issued industrial licenses for manufacturing of BPJs in the country.
In reply to another question, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley informed Rajya Sabha that one Dr. Shantanu Bhaumik of Amrita University, Coimbatore has claimed that he has developed Bullet Proof Jackets (BPJs), based on thermoplastic composite materials using carbon as a reinforcement for making Hard Armour Panels of BPJ. However, in his claim he has not submitted any kind of trial result for the authentication of technology developed for BPJ.
Larsen & Toubro Limited Coimbatore has submitted proposal for development of Light Weight Bullet Proof Material in association with Amrita University Coimbatore. Prof Shantanu Bhaumik of Amrita University is the academic support for the project. The project is yet to sanction under Technology Development Fund (TDF) scheme which focuses on funding the development of defence and dual use technologies that are currently not available with the Indian defence industry or have not been developed so far and inculcate Research and Development (R&D) culture in Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) for defence applications.
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