No lightweight bullet-proof jackets for Indian Army as bureaucracy prevails!

pinksniper

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These jackets were required to effectively protect the head, neck, chest, groin and sides of soldiers as well as allow them to move with greater agility during counter-insurgency operations.
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India's infantry lacks even lightweight modular bullet-proof jackets a decade after the demand was first made, according to a report in a news daily.

So what is the problem? Defence ministry sources on Tuesday told the daily said the procurement for 1,86,138 bullet-proof jackets through the 'capital procurement route', which was approved by the defence acquisitions council in October 2009, is now on the verge of being scrapped.

These jackets were required to effectively protect the head, neck, chest, groin and sides of soldiers as well as allow them to move with greater agility during counter-insurgency operations.

All these 1.86 lakh jackets, each costing around Rs 50,000, were to be provided by 2012. Another 1.67 lakh jackets were to be ordered in the second round. "But the jackets offered by six vendors have not met the technical parameters or GSQRs (general staff qualitative requirements) laid down by the Army. DRDO laboratory DMSRDE (defence materials research & development establishment), too, has failed to deliver," said the source.

The 'emergency revenue procurement' of 50,000 jackets, approved as an operational urgency by defence minister Manohar Parrikar however, has gone ahead. Tata Advanced Materials and MKU have been selected and asked to submit 'advance samples' for comprehensive ballistic tests. If they pass, then bulk orders of 25,000 each would be placed on the two firms. These jackets should cost around Rs 25,000 apiece.

But a fresh tender will have to be issued for the 1.86 lakh jackets.

The Indian Army wanted a modular jacket, whose weight could vary depending on the level of protection needed. The jacket was to weigh less than 4-kg for "low threat'' missions. For "high threat" missions, the jacket was to weigh up to 11.5 kg with hard armour plates.

The project was cleared in 2009, since the Army then had a shortage of 1.86 lakh jackets. Even the old and bulky jackets currently held by the Army, which offer inadequate protection, are now running out of their shelf-life, says the report.

The hindrances to modern jackets are many. Revision of technical parameters and re-floating of tenders as well as convoluted defence procurement procedures and political apathy and bureaucratic red tape have hindered several modernisation plans of the Army.

I thought Modi was meant to be modernising India and bringing into the 21st century, from Economics to militarisation, as well as education and sanitation, he seems to be doing well so far I guess... according to him...
 

NSP

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Don't worry - Earth will be along in a minute to tell us how advanced the six vendor's designs are and how it shows India is a leader in the development of combat body armour.

Oh, wait - hang on...
 
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Joker62

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I bet that they have enough coffee though!
 

Mr_Fingerz

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JoeCivvie

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BTW, 'lakh' means 100,000.

100,000 is the common 'large' counting unit in Asia, probably more so than millions..
 
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Dread

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Perhaps India would be better off if they deployed their soldiers onto the streets and taught the people how to use a toilet?
It's a serious point (as well as deserved dig at the @earth and the usual apologists for India's ruling classes intransigence towards their citizens).

In 1913 the average age or mortality in India was 23.5. It was the same in Korea (then enjoying the attentions of the Japanese). Today India stands at 69. South Korea is at 80.5.

Korea was involved in a seriously nasty war (1950-53) and had previously been treated as slaves (and worse) by their Japanese overlords for many years. India had a benevolent (mainly) ruler and was granted independence in 1947. So what's their excuse for dying so early?

Back to the topic: the order for the vests probably never materialised because the makers weren't offering enough bribes to the officials involved.
 
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earth

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It's a serious point (as well as deserved dig at the @earth and the usual apologists for India's ruling classes intransigence towards their citizens).

In 2013 the average age or mortality in India was 23.5. It was the same in Korea (then enjoying the attentions of the Japanese). Today India stands at 69. South Korea is at 80.5.

Korea was involved in a seriously nasty war (1950-53) and had previously been treated as slaves (and worse) by their Japanese overlords for many years. India had a benevolent (mainly) ruler and was granted independence in 1947. So what's their excuse for dying so early?

Back to the topic: the order for the vests probably never materialised because the makers weren't offering enough bribes to the officials involved.


Does your brain not realize that India is not South Korea,a small uniethnic country whose majority population lives on the vicinity of Seoul.
India has a population larger than the combined population of the entire Europe and North America.


Governing and administrating a country with such a humongous population is not an easy task even with decentralization.

India has not seen stellar success like China but is no failed country either.Poverty is declining rapidly ,the economy is doing exceedingly well and more and more people are joining the middle class.
 

earth

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Perhaps India would be better off if they deployed their soldiers onto the streets and taught the people how to use a toilet?

None of your business to suggest what India should do with it's army.Your focus should be on ISIS next door,not India.
 

earth

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We managed.

British Raj was not a democracy and the colonial rule was a scio-economic disaster for the country as it pushed more and more people into poverty and despair.
 

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