With the finalization of the IS17051:2018, India finally gets its own standard for bulletproof jackets after long wait, and the Indian armed forces will now use gears made under the new standard, that will replace the current NIJ III+ standard, referring to ballistic resistance of body armor.

India’s very own bulletproof jacket standard defining the minimum requirements of bulletproof jackets against small arms and their evaluation procedures will be formally released on January 10 at New Delhi. After that, the companies will be sent directive samples for trials and production. As per the new body armor standard, the tests should be globally conducted based on regional factors and local threats to derive the exact idea. Hence the new Indian Army’s light-weight modern jackets are designed to protect the head, neck, chest, groin, and sides of soldiers. It even provides greater agility during counter-insurgency operations in difficult, “unfriendly” terrain.

The NIJ standard provides the performance level for most ballistic-resistant jackets, there is no one such that provides 100% protection. Hence, the Indian Army had made several request for proposal (RfPs) back in 2011, which were then cancelled due to a number of factors. Later on, a proposal issued in 2016 was updated as per prescribed parametres in 2017, which was then approved and the army immediately sent out the technology for trials. The technology for proposed standard of bulletproof jackets will be developed by a Kanpur-based premier laboratory of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Defence Materials and Stores Research and Development Establishment (DMSRDE).

The government has already handed over this technology for bullet-proof jackets to Kanpur-based Company MKU Ltd back, and now, the production of bulletproof jackets as well as new helmets with 13 mm trauma pads can bear an impact of a 9mm ammunition fired from short range, will be started and soon be induced in the army, after which the protectors will have better protection for themselves.