Indian Army introduces 'Ballistic Bullet-Proof Helmets'

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Indian Army on Friday introduced a 'Ballistic helmets' which are lighter and can save soldiers from bullets up to 9 mm fired from as close as 20 meters.

So far, 7500 helmets have been received in the first lot, out of which, 2500 have already been issued to soldiers. A further 6000 helmets are undergoing ballistic test, an army statement said.

These helmets are going to save soldiers from bullets of upto 9mm range from as close as 20 meters.

The army had placed a Rs 170-crore order for 1,58,279 helmets to Kanpur-based firm MKU in order to replace the standard issue Model 1974 infantry combat helmets.

Of the 1.58 lakh new helmets, more than 50,000 would be in commander configuration with in-built communication, set up to make them compatible with three types of radio sets being used by the soldiers, army sources said.

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