India’s Lightest Bulletproof Jacket Developed by DRDO

Indian Army

New Delhi: Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed India’s lightest bullet proof jacket and in an official statement, DRDO  said it offers protection against 7.62 x 54 R API ammunition and novel material along with new processes.

The jacket has been developed by a unit of DRDO to withstand the highest threat level, known as Level 6, officials said April 23. The jacket, according to a DRDO official statement, offers protection against 7.62 x 54 R API ammunition and novel material along with new processes has been used to develop it.

“DRDO’s Defence Materials and Stores Research and Development Establishment (DMSRDE), Kanpur has successfully developed the lightest bulletproof jacket in the country for protection against 7.62 x 54 R API (level 6 of BIS 17051) ammunition. Recently, this bulletproof jacket was successfully tested at TBRL, Chandigarh as per BIS 17051-2018,” the statement said.

The front Hard Armour Panel (HAP) of the jacket is a standout feature, capable of withstanding multiple hits (up to 6 shots) of 7.62 x 54 R API (Sniper rounds) in both ICW (in-conjunction with) and standalone designs.

What sets this jacket apart is its ergonomically designed front HAP, crafted from a monolithic ceramic plate with polymer backing. This design not only ensures maximum protection but also enhances wearability and comfort during operations.

“The areal density of ICW hard armour panel (HAP) and standalone HAP is less than 40 kg/m2 and 43 kg/m2 respectively,” the statement added.