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In March, 2016, the Army had placed an “emergency” procurement contract worth Rs 140 crore to get 50,000 such vests.
Despite numerous efforts in the past decade, the Army faces a shortage of bulletproof jackets — a mandatory requirement to saves lives in counter-insurgency operations.
In total the Army needs 353,765 new jackets. Of these, 1.86 lakh were to be supplied in the 11th plan (2007-2012) and another 1.67 lakh jackets were to be supplied during the 12th plan (2012-2017).
The tender for purchase of 1.86 lakh modular jackets was scrapped in October 2015 as samples offered by six vendors failed to clear field trials as per the Army specified benchmarks.
The initial idea was to acquire 1.86 lakh jackets by 2012 and remaining 1.67 lakh by 2017.