Indian Army

The Indian Army plans to purchase 1,600 ballistic shields, 15,000 ballistic helmets, and 7,000 body-worn camera systems from Indian vendors via a streamlined procurement process to gain an operational advantage in the fight against terrorism.

At the beginning of this month, the government granted “Acceptance of Necessity” to all three pieces of machinery. The NIJ Level IV ballistic shields protect from projectiles and fragments when worn with the included harness.

The shields, which will be equipped with a harness to allow for hands-free transport, must be interchangeable and ambidextrous in design, and they must be able to give frontal protection to the soldiers.

They ought to have a service life of at least five years, weigh no more than 20 kg (44 lb), and be easy to carry around with you.

The cameras will aid troops in capturing real-time films and photographs, as well as recording sounds, and can be conveniently worn on the chest.

They will be light, have a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, and have a battery life of 12 hours. They will be good for at least six years.

Their presentations will take place at Udhampur, at the headquarters of the Northern Command. The ballistic helmets can replace the fiberglass helmets used to shield soldiers from high-velocity rifle shots during training and operations.

The helmets are available in three different sizes, are made to be worn for long periods with comfort, and can withstand bullets from distances of five meters or more. We anticipate them to last for eight years.

Defense officials said this equipment would provide a definitive edge to troops in counter-terrorism operations. Most of the Army’s anti-militancy operations occur in Jammu and Kashmir.

A defense official told News18 that the body cams would “assist the army make appropriate decisions in suspected human rights breaches during cordon and search duties and actual operations” in addition to protecting troops during counter-terrorism operations.