The Indian Army is getting 159,000 bulletproof helmets, including some 6,000 for the Indian Navy – finally fulfilling a decade-long requirement.
The indigenous helmets, which will provide much better protection than those currently in use, will be procured from MKU, an Indian firm that supplies military equipment to the UN and NATO.
Some will be fitted with radio sets to improve communication between soldiers.
Army chief General Bipin Rawat said there is a need for the Indian soldier to be empowered with technology to give them added protection and lethality. The helmets are among major equipment that the army is procuring through the Make in India route.