Did you know that our jawans who fight for us mostly do so without proper body armour to protect them from enemy bullets? That is the biggest reason why we lose our brave soldiers.
But the UPA government, which was too busy with its scams, hardly had the time for procuring bullet-proof jackets for the soldiers. Yet for 10 long years the soldiers kept doing their duty.
Soldiers during an operation. Note that they are not wearing proper body armour.
But even then it will take six months for the jackets to reach our soldiers.
A deal for 1.86 lakh such jackets fell through last year because they failed to match the standards set by the Army.
The army needs jackets that can withstand .30 caliber armour piercing bullets. In other words, the jackets should be able to protect the soldiers from light carbines and handheld guns that use such bullets.
The jackets that were presented before the Army previously could not protect the soldier from such bullets.
But according to NDTV, the jackets that the Army is demanding now too does not meet the standard. This shows how critical the need for the jackets has become.
The jackets might be provided to the Army by Tata Advanced Materials.