The Army is looking to buy nearly 1,600 ballistic shields, 15,000 ballistic helmets, and 7,000 body worn camera systems from Indian vendors through the fast-track procedure in order to sharpen its edge in counter-terrorism operations. The government granted ‘Acceptance of Necessity’ to all three pieces of equipment earlier this month.

The ballistic shields will be of NIJ Level IV and will provide protection from ammunition and splinters during an operation. The shields, which will come with a supporting harness for hands-free carriage, must be modular, able to provide frontal protection to soldiers, and have an ambidextrous design. They should be easy to transport and should weigh around 20 kg.

The cameras, which can record audio and video and are easily worn on the chest, will assist troops in capturing real-time videos and images. They will have a 19201080 pixel resolution and be lightweight, with a battery life of 12 hours of recording and a minimum shelf life of six years. Their protests will take place at the Northern Command headquarters in Udhampur.

The ballistic helmets will be able to protect soldiers from high-speed rifle bullets during training and operations, and will be used in place of existing fibreglass helmets. The helmets are available in three sizes and are designed to be worn comfortably for extended periods of time while providing protection from bullets fired from a distance of 5 metres or more. They are expected to have an eight-year service life.