The agency that makes the country’s nuclear warheads — Bhabha Atomic Research Centre has developed a bulletproof jacket named Bhabha Kavach which has recently cleared firing trials at the Gujarat Forensic Science University.
The Jackets will be for CAPFs like the Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force, Indo-Tibet Border Police, and Sashastra Seema Bal, who secure the towns and cities of Kashmir, are more exposed to AK-47 bullets.
The challenge was to develop a jacket that weighed less than 9.5 kg and could stop steel-jacketed, 7.62-mm NATO-standard bullets, This was intended to protect CAPF personnel from 7.62 mm bullets fired from AK-47 rifles — the chosen weapon of terrorists from Kashmir to Bastar.
OFB officials say the trials have validated that the Bhabha Kavach meets US National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Level III standards, which guarantees protection against 7.62 mm NATO-standard bullets.
In 2016-2017, in consultation with the CAPFs, the Bureau of Police Research and Development laid down specifications for a heavier jacket with NIJ Level III protection, said V K Chaudhary, additional general manager, OFB.
Each Bhabha Kavach has four hard armour plates, which protect the wearer from the front, back, and either side. BARC has transferred the carbon nanomaterial technology to the OFB.
The CAPFs have projected a combined initial requirement of 100,000 jackets.