India is confronted by some difficult challenges along the line of actual control with China. Mishra Dhatu Nigam Ltd (Midhani), located in Hyderabad’s Kanchanbagh area, will come up with an exclusive armor unit for manufacturing international standard bulletproof jackets and protective gear and to supply bulletproof vehicles.
Since the Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC) has developed the technology, the bulletproof jackets are called ‘Bhabha Kavach.’ These jackets can also provide a shield against the AK-47, SLR bullet. The paramilitary forces were provided with several hundred bulletproof jackets for testing.
BARC has come up with a special technique to enhance polyethylene with a high molecular weight resulting in high-performance composite sheets (called BARC Nano Sheets). In comparison with the current jackets, Bhabha Kavach made of BARC Nano-Sheets is much lighter in weight.
“We have mastered the technology to deliver these bullet-proof jackets in huge quantities. We will also be keeping an eye on the ammunition that is developed across the world and make suitable changes accordingly to upgrade the jackets,” Midhani chairman and managing director Sanjay Kumar Jha told TOI.
The bulletproof jackets developed in Midhani comply with the requirements of the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Union and with level 6 of the BIS.
Sanjay Kumar said that it is now time for Midhani to diversify, including a full-fledged armor plant with bulletproof jackets, armored cars, protection equipment.
An armored vehicle that TOI saw in Midhani has features, which are necessary for difficult situations for security agencies. For example, the car still would move a distance of 100 km even if a tire gets a shot. This is called the ‘run-flat tires’ system in technical terms. There are also some more features in the vehicle identified as the first-ever Isuzu-based fighting vehicle. Although its carrying capability is seven personnel with weapons, it can be employed in counter-insurgency operations and other operational tasks as a quick-response unit, escort vehicle, and troop carrier.
Since Midhani mastered the technology and proved that it can supply bulletproof jackets, experts said that the armed forces and security agencies could make purchases from Midhani.
Source: Times Of India