All India Defense Employees Federation General Secretary C. Sreekumar said it took a year to design, manufacture and test ballistic helmets. The uniqueness of the ballistic helmet is that the fragments move at high speeds during the IED explosion. Then this helmet protects the jawan’s head.
Ballistic helmets for security forces
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Indian Ordnance Factories have developed a ‘bullet proof helmet’ based entirely on indigenous technology. This ballistic helmet was made in collaboration with IIT Roorkee. Its investigation has taken place. Made at the Ordnance Clothing Factory in Avadi, the helmet is priced at around Rs 18,000. This ballistic helmet protects soldiers from ‘bombs and bullets’. Bullets fired from a nine mm carbine, SLR or AK (HSC) at a distance of twenty meters do not enter the helmet. Indian Ordnance Factories are now awaiting orders from major security forces such as the Army and CRPF to manufacture ballistic helmets. However, the factory began supplying the helmet to various state police forces by marketing it at its own level.
No effect of explosive waves
All India Defense Employees Federation General Secretary C. Sreekumar said that Indian Ordinance Factories has achieved great success. So far the Central and State Governments have been importing similar safety helmets. It took a year to design, manufacture and test ballistic helmets. Various agencies are investigating the helmet. The uniqueness of the ballistic helmet is that it protects the jawan’s head when the fragments are moving at high speeds during an IED explosion. The helmet was designed to withstand the impact of explosive waves. It protects the jawan from a range of 20 meters to bullets fired with automatic rifles (with a maximum of 13 mm BFS) such as ninemm carbine, SLR and AK (HSC). The helmet is also equipped with several other technical devices.
Use of lightweight material
Sreekumar said Indian Ordnance Factories could develop and produce a wide range of products required by the Armed Forces. The government does not assess the capacity and inherent capacity of ordinance factories. Unfortunately, the current government abolished and merged these factories. Against this the workers are continuing their trade union struggle and legal battle.