Indian Army gets first batch of modern bullet-proof helmets

Jun 28, 2017 15:17 IST

Indian Army gets first batch of modern bullet-proof helmets The Indian Army reportedly received its first batch of bullet-proof helmets from Kanpur-based MKU Industries.

The MKU Industries, which supplies military equipment to the United Nations and NATO, was awarded a contract to manufacture 1.58 lakh helmets at the cost of Rs 180 crore.

Indian Army has ordered the bolted version of bolt-free ballistic helmets. Bolt-free is a higher and expensive version of bullet-proof helmets, which gives all-round protection from head injuries.

Key highlights of the helmets

The MKU Industries claims that the bullet-proof helmets go through rigorous quality tests and ballistic lab test conducted at its testing facilities in India as well as in Germany.

The helmets are reportedly designed to bear the impact of 9 mm ammunition fired from a short range.

They match global standards of equipment for armed forces.

The bullet-proof helmet has the main protective layer of Kevlar, which has high tensile strength-to-weight ratio; by this measure it is 5 times stronger than steel.

They are also designed to be comfortable and can be integrated with communication and night-vision devices.

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About MKU Industries

MKU Industries is an Indian defence company headquartered in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.

It manufactures protection and surveillance range of equipment and solutions, including ballistic helmets, armour inserts, bulletproof vests, and electro-optical devices like night vision binoculars and monoculars.

It was set up in 1985 in response to a need to build fibre-reinforced plastic products for the Indian Army.

At present, it provides protection to over 2 million soldiers and 2000 platforms.

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