Army Jawans to get their first modern helmet

This order is being termed as the largest by the army in more than 2 decades.

Army Jawans to get their first modern helmet

In a proactive step for the soldier's protection, Indian Army has ordered a new batch of helmets for extra protection of the jawans, which had been long overdue.

According to NDTV, an Indian company, the Kanpur-based MKU Industries has been contracted to manufacture 1.58 lakh helmets in a deal worth Rs. 170 and 180 crores, and the production of the new helmets is now beginning.

This order is being termed as the largest by the army in more than 2 decades.


The special and important point about the new helmets is that they are designed to bear the impact of 9 mm ammunition fired from a short range. This meets the global standard for protection among leading armed forces. They are also designed to be comfortable and many of them can be integrated with communications devices.



Even though, Indian Army's elite para special forces were equipped with an Israeli OR-201 helmet made of Glass Reinforced Plastic, regular soldiers in infantry formations had to make do with heavy domestically-made helmets which were not comfortable to wear during combat situations. In emergency situations, the option for soldiers is to wear a 2.5 kg bulletproof 'patka', though these have severe limitations since they offer protection only on the forehead and the back of the head.

Last year, Indian army signed an "emergency contract" to purchase 50,000 new bulletproof jackets from Tata Advanced Materials Limited after a delay of more than 10 years.

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