Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Shripad Yesso Naik handed over the One Lakhth Bullet Proof Jacket (BPJ) to the Chief of Army Staff General M M Naravane in a ceremony held in New Delhi on 6th January 2021.
Indian Government will ensure best of weapons and protective armours to our soldiers: Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Shripad Yesso Naik
Speaking on the occasion, Raksha Rajya Mantri said that the Government has honoured its commitment of protecting the precious lives of our soldiers fighting the enemy. He said the government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi places high emphasis on the operational safety of our soldiers.
Shri Shripad Yesso Naik assured that “the Government will ensure that our soldiers will be provided with the best of weapons and protective armour and such requirements will always remain uppermost in priority.” He appreciated the manufacturers, M/s SMPP Pvt Ltd for supplying the first one lakh Jackets, four months ahead of the delivery schedule.
The Raksha Rajya Mantri also said that the BPJ being supplied is an indigenous product under Make in India and the company is even exporting the product all over the world making India a global hub for supply of such Defence ware in line with the Aatamnirbhar Bharat initiative of the government.
He said this Jacket has been appreciated by our soldiers who are using them on the borders and in countering insurgency.
The ceremony was also attended by Shri Raj Kumar Secretary (Defence Production), Lt Gen A K Samantara, DG Infantry, Lt Gen R K Malhotra DG DGQA, and Lt Gen H S Kahlon, DG CD.
Last year, the Ministry of Defence had awarded the contract to provide more than 1.8 lakh bulletproof jackets to the indigenous manufacturer SMPP Limited.
The jackets are being supplied to the Central Ordnance Depot in Kanpur from where they will be sent to Jammu and Kashmir and other violence-affected areas.
Oberoi claimed that the bulletproof jackets can withstand hardcore steel ammunition fired from an AK-47 rifle. “Our jackets are so strong that they can take on the most dangerous ammunition from AK-47. It is known as the hard steel core ammunition which has got great penetrative power. Our jacket can absorb its impact,” he said.
“We have also produced helmets that can protect soldiers against AK-47 hard steel core ammunition. It will also have a facial visor. We will save the life of our soldier from head to toe,” Oberoi said.
Oberoi informed that the company’s helmets were already in use various armed forces in India namely the Central Reserve Police Force.
“In the first year, we were supposed to supply 36,000 jackets but we are ahead of time and we have supplied 40,000 jackets to Indian Army, and we have completed this order by four months in advance”
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