INDIAN ARMY ORDERS 1.58 LAKH WORLD CLASS MODERN LIGHTWEIGHT HELMETS.
After years of delay army has ordered modern helmets which are comparatively lighter and more provide protection to the soldiers.
The helmet which are being used currently were old design from 70 or 80 and they were very heavy and weighted around 2 to 2.5 kgs. The protection provided by those helmets is not adequate and their weight is not just a hindrance but can also compromise the security of the operator as it often causes problems during operations.
The new helmet also have a trauma protection padding as it's not always the bullet which kills a Soldier but mostly it's the trauma caused by the impact which often proves to be lethal. The helmet of the unit commander will also be equipped with integrated communication equipment.
It is also possible to mount various types of equipment on these helmets like night sight, IR sight and other optical sights along with composite glass shields etc which enhance the capability of our soldiers.
Army plans to equip each and every soldier with world class helmets which are capable of withstanding 9mm round shot at very near range.
What gives me more pride is that the order is bagged by an Indian firm, Kanpur based MKU which is world leader in body armour and order worth is about 180 crore Rupees.
This is the first major order from Indian army and deliveries are expected to start soon as MKU is about to start the production to fulfill IA order. Follow on orders are also expected as army wants to equip all our soldiers with these helmets.
Any amount of money which is spent on the security of the nation is just a small investment and we must not hold back when it comes to ensuring the security of the people who ensure the security of our country.