Indian Army has finally got bullet-proof helmets – after an over two decade wait! A total of 1 lakh 58 thousand bullet proof helmets will be provided to the Indian Army over a span of three years – 7500 of which have already been delivered. As a part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative, Indian company MKU Systems is manufacturing these bullet-proof helmets at its Kanpur facility. The new light-weight bullet-proof helmets will give a definite leg up to soldiers’ protection – especially in light of the persistent tension along the LoC and the standoff with China.
Indian Army has been making do with outdated patkas till now. Patkas not only weight extra (around 2.5 kg), but also provide limited protection, especially at short ranges. The weight of the hi-tech helmets varies from 1.2 kg to 1.4 kg depending on the size. “These provide all round protection to the head unlike the patkas which do not protect the top and back of the head. These helmets give protection against fragments and 9mm ammunition,” MKU Systems told FE Online. According to MKU, the helmets have been “specially designed for the Indian Army to address their concerns regarding protection for the soldier”. “These are modern, world class, light weight helmets that are being used by the armies globally,” MKU Systems said.
Neeraj Gupta, Managing Director at MKU says that the Rs 180 crore order is “extremely important”. “Our endeavor has always been to provide the best protection equipment to the soldiers. We feel privileged and proud that we have been chosen by the government,” he said.