As India and China are embroiled in an escalating border dispute, the Mishra Dhatu Nigam Ltd (Midhani), an exclusive unit to manufacture bullet-proof jackets for the Indian Army named 'Bhabha Kavach' in the Kanchanbagh area of Hyderabad, as stated by an online portal, will be established. The bullet-proof jackets are called 'Bhabha kavach' because the technology had been developed by the Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC). It's said the gears technology can also avoid fired bullets from an AK-47 rifle.
The Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) will donate these smaller, much more durable coats. The jacket would be able to withstand a distance of 5-10 metres from eight 7.62 mm bullets fired from an AK-47 rifle. It can also withstand the Indian Small Arms System (INSAS) 5.56 mm bullet or that of the self-loading rifle (SLR) 7.65 mm bullet which is now decommissioned. The jacket is going to minimise weight by about 50 per cent.
Currently the CAPF uses heavy steel reinforced jackets weighing between 10kg and 17kg, but the 'Bhabha Kavach' weights between 3.1kg and 6.6kg everywhere. Bhabha Kavach is made of polymer composite consisting of boron carbide and carbon nanotube. "It is the lightest and best bullet proof jackets available in India," said Sekhar Basu, secretary, atomic energy department. "At BARC the materials used were produced indigenously and are a spin-off from nuclear technology. Even the bulletproof jacket can be customised to different specifications, "as quoted by a regular. CAPF and the Indian army are expected to need about 1 lakh bullet-proof jackets per year over the next ten years.