The Indian Army on Friday introduced light weight ‘ballistic helmets’ to help soldiers fight better wars, as it helps in the quick movement while providing better safety. These can also save soldiers from bullets up to 9 mm fired from as close as 20 meters. The army has said that it is going to issue these to soldiers deployed on the Line of Control (LoC), Line of Actual Control (LAC) and to personnel involved in the counter insurgency, and counter terrorism operations.
The manufacturer of these helmets is MKU India Pvt Ltd. A total of 7500 helmets has been received in the first lot, out of which, 2500 have been issued to soldiers on United Nations deployment. In addition, further 6000 helmets are undergoing ballistic tests, an Army statement said. Read more
The headgear being used by the armed forces, across the world, has just moved beyond just protecting the head in a full scale altercation, it is rather now an apparatus that is used by the personnel of forces in a variety of combat settings, ranging from performing general operations to carrying out special missions. The constant need to keep improving the system to provide better protection to the personnel has inspired the researchers and developers to look for new material.
The old genre of the Military Helmets or Advanced Combat Helmet even though was irreplaceable, due to the need to keep the heads over the shoulders, most of the respondent personnel were found to be quite dissatisfied with the clumsy gear – that was also bulky, on account of offering flexibility and mobility while carrying out essential combat duties, and wearing comfort. Barely 15% of the units using the headgear seemed satisfied with the quality of material being provided.
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