The Indian Army received its first lot of hi- tech helmets that are known to withstand bullet fires and shrapnel hits. Not just this, they are also equipped with high technology communication devices.
While the first lot delivered has 7, 500 helmets, the entire order is believed to procure 1.58 lakh ballistic helmets costing Rs. 170 crore. To add that bling to this news, the Kanpur based defence firm MKU private Ltd. is the head behind this. They even supply all the military equipment to the UN and NATO.
It is evident that the new helmets will replace the old ones being used by the army. With better protection and high technology system, these are sure to bring a significant change.
It is also being said that two-third of the first lot of helmets will be given to soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir and to the ones deployed on borders with China, while the rest 2,500 helmets have already been handed over to the Indian Army soldiers deployed in UN peacekeeping missions.
In addition to this, 6,000 more helmets are undergoing trial at TBRL (Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory) in Chandigarh. The trial is testing the effects of military weapons on the helmets.
This is what the senior official has to say: “These helmets are for the battalions deployed in counter-terrorist (in J&K) and counter-insurgency (in the North-East) operations and along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China and Line of Control with Pakistan.”
Around 13,981 helmets will be given to the Indian Navy too.
What are these helmets like?
The new helmets come in two different kinds. The first kind is called the “normal helmet.” It offers protection to a soldier’s head because that is the first body part exposed in a combat situation. These helmets are tested to provide adequate protection against 9 mm bullets fired from a distance as close as 10 m.
The other type of the helmet is called the “commander helmet” which has a communication device attached and has compatibility with all three kinds of radio sets.
Further to the news, the army aims at giving soldiers with enhanced protection, survivability and mobility by providing hi- tech helmets enough to make soldiers self-sufficient.
Besides security or protection, the Army wants that a soldier’s helmet should have further provision for advancements. These advancements may include mounted search light, thermal sensors, night vision device and even an audio headset.
So far, so good. What do you guys think of the new helmets? Are they a good initiative? What else do you think should they provide?