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Defence Ministry inks Rs 639 crore BPJ contract

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today signed a contract with a defence firm for procurement of 1.86 lakh bullet proof jackets for the at a cost of Rs 639 crore.

In a statement, the ministry said the contract was finalised after "successful" field evaluation trials.

The contract has been bagged by SMPP Pvt Ltd.

"A major contract through capital procurement route, for procurement of 1,86,138 Bullet Proof Jackets (BPJs) has been signed," it said.

It said the new BPJs will provide "360 degree protection" to the soldier in combat, including from hard "steel core" bullets.

"These bulletproof jackets will have 'boron carbide ceramic' which is the lightest material for ballistic protection. This makes SMPP BPJs the best of the class and will be able to provide ballistic protection at the lowest possible weight," of Kansal said.

The company said the size of the contract is Rs 639 crore.

The said the new BPJs will boost the confidence of soldiers.

It said the indigenously developed BPJs will give new impetus to the 'Make in India' initiative of the government and provide confidence that Indian industry is capable of fulfilling the requirements of the armed forces.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, April 09 2018. 20:50 IST
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