Advancing one more step towards the Prime Minister's 'Make In India' project, the empowered committee of Ministry of Defence has approved a new jacket (bulletproof vest) for the safety of Indian soldiers in the Army, BSF, CRPF and also for aviation. This is a whole new indigenous ultra modern lightweight thermoplastic technology which is currently the need of the hour for the Indian soldiers.
The technology is entirely indigenous. It is this technology that makes the bulletproof jacket much lighter than the previous one.
Currently, the Indian Army spends about 1.5 lakh rupees on one bulletproof jacket which is used by the military and paramilitary forces. These jackets are imported from America and weigh between 10-13 kg. Whereas, the new bullet-proof vest, which we can call our own is 6-8 times lighter than the previous one as it weighs only 1.5 kg.
Not only this, but the new vest will cost only Rs. 50,000 per piece, saving the Ministry of Defence a fortune.
Dr Shantanu Bhowmik is the Head of Research & Projects and Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Amrita University, Coimbatore. The Thermoplastic Carbon Fabric (TCF) technology is developed and patented by him. This technology is based on high-performance composite material which can be used by the defence and aviation sector for the safety of the soldiers.
This new jacket has been acknowledged by the Army as its technology promises high performance.
"The Light Weight High-Temperature Thermoplastic Composite can prove to be a game-changer for India's defense and aviation sector," says Dr. Bhowmik.
These jackets will have special fiber cable which will enable it to work in 57 degrees Celsius also.
The manufacturing of these new jackets will begin after the Ministry of Defence gets a green signal from Prime Minister's Office.
This new technology will be a part of Prime Minister's 'Make In India' project as this will be the first time in 70 years of independence when the Indian army will be using bullet-proof jackets that are fully country-made.
Therefore, becoming 100% self-reliant with zero outflows of capital to other nations.
The Defence Research and Development Organisations (DRDO) in collaboration with the Defence Ministry will start manufacturing of these jackets after PMO approves it.
The bulletproof jackets that are currently in use by the Indian Army are procured by American companies such as DuPont and Victrex.
As the new jackets will be made domestically, the Indian army won't have to wait for these foreign vendors to supply the equipment.
Summing it all up, this great new technology will be beneficial, due to its low cost, less weight, and high durability.
Dr Shantanu Bhowmik dedicates his path-breaking innovation to his idol, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
This progress in the defence sector will definitely benefit the Indian soldiers.
That's all guys!