India have already started exporting bulletproof jackets according to its own standards, which comply with international norms, to over 100 nations, including European nations, as per Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
A top BIS official on the condition of anonymity highlighted that India is the fourth country after the likes of US, UK and Germany to have its own national standard on bulletproof jacket which offers 360-degree protection. This is seen as a strong step towards preventing Pakistani sniper attacks on Indian soldiers
The Bureau of Indian Standards is a national body that sets quality norms for many products and services. It has set more than 20,000 standards so far. It is worth mentioning here that India is the fourth nation in the world to have its own national standards on this product.
Meanwhile, an Indian Army officer by the name of Major Anoop Mishra has developed a new bullet-proof jacket which can offer protection to soldiers from deadly sniper rifle bullets. Major Anoop Mishra has named the bullet-proof jacket as ‘Sarvatra’ which can provide protection to troops from lethal sniper rifle bullets.
Major Anoop Mishra told news agency ANI that his team has developed the level four bullet-proof jacket that offers complete body protection against sniper rifle bullets. “We have developed the level four bullet-proof jacket that has been developed at the College of Military Engineering in Pune and can provide full-body protection against sniper rifle bullets,” he added in a statement.
For this creation, he was awarded Army Design Bureau Excellence Award by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat at the Army Technology Seminar. What stands out in his creation is that the bullet failed to penetrate through the jacket.
“During one operation, I was hit by a stray bullet on my bulletproof jacket. The bullet was not able to penetrate but the trauma was a bit more than what I could have taken. So I decided on that day that I will be making my own bulletproof jacket which will be reducing the trauma which is transferred to the body,” he told ANI.
When asked about the need to develop this bullet-proof jacket, Mishra said that following the sniper attacks on the Line of Control and Kashmir valley, there was a need for ‘full-body protection for the Indian soldiers’.
He went on to add saying that the jacket has already been experimented by the Infantry at the test facilities. These precious jackets will be produced by one of the selected Indian defence industry partners and Indian Army is expected to give a tender for these full-body protection bullet-proof jackets.