Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC) has developed bulletproof jackets which have been made from advanced ceramics and advanced nano-composites.
The new jacket weighs lighter than the bulletproof vests currently used by the Indian Armed Forces. It will be used to protect jawans in Jammu and Kashmir and is currently being tried by the northern command of the Indian Army.
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Ministry of Home Affairs had approached BARC to develop bulletproof vests of higher quality at low cost. The five-member research team of BARC scientists developed the bulletproof vests in a span of one year between 2015 and 2016.
Bhabha Kavach, which weighs 6.6 kg, provides protection from AK-47 (hard steel core bullets), Self Loading Rifle and INSAS rifle. While a standalone Bhabha Kavach weighs 3.5kg.
According to an official, ‘These vests are made of Boron Carbide, a ceramic which is lighter and more effective as it shatters the bullet. These vests are multi-strike armor which have been tested by us with 30 different tests and has now been given to the Central Armed Forced for feedback. Currently 30 such jackets have been distributed by us and the machinery used to develop these jackets have been already transferred to defence industry for large-scale production.