Amidst terrorism seeping through borders threatening the lives of many, especially those fighting for our protection, the Indian government is finally thinking about the betterment of the army. Taking a step forward to ensure the safety of Indian soldiers, the Army has finally got modern bullet-proof helmets added to its gear.
These helmets, at par with the global standards, are believed to be capable of handling the impact from even a short range. As per reports, a Kanpur-based company MKU limited had been given a contract of worth Rs 180 crore earlier this year to supply nearly 1.6 lakh helmets to the Army. The company, which has previously supplied military equipment to the UN and NATO, delivered the first lot of the bulletproof helmets to the Indian Army this month.
Citing the Economic Times, Kevlar forms the protective layer of the protection. Kevlar is the registered trademark for a para-aramid synthetic fibre, related to other aramids such as Nomex and Technora. Developed by Stephanie Kwolek at DuPont in 1965, this high-strength material was first commercially used in the early 1970s as a replacement for steel in racing tires.
The helmets can bear the impact of 9 mm ammunition which has been fired from even a short range. The makers also kept in mind the comfort and can easily be integrated with communication and night-vision devices. The company making the helmets vouch for its quality and claim that it has gone through various quality tests. Ballistic lab test has also been conducted on them in the company’s facilities in India and Germany.