According to defence sources, the tender for the jackets was issued by the Ministry of Defence under Make in India, and the procurement would be done in phases over a 12 to 24-month period after all modalities were finalised and user trials were completed.

According to the Army’s specifications, the BPJs should be able to protect a soldier from 7.62 mm armour piercing rifle ammunition as well as steel core bullets fired from a distance of 10 metres. BPJs used to protect against armour piercing ammunition, which has a higher velocity than other bullets, should weigh less than 10 kg, while those used to protect against steel core rounds should not weigh more than 11.8 kg in the case of large-sized jackets.

The Indian Army has issued a tender for 47,627 bulletproof jackets (BPJs) to protect its frontline troops from lethal steel core bullets.