#AchheDin For Indian Soldiers!!
Finally, the wait of a decade gets over for the Indian Soldiers. They are all set to receive bullet-proof jackets soon. “The jackets will be delivered from August onwards. All the jackets are to be delivered by January 2017,” a defence ministry source told The Times of India.
Given the huge shortage of such vests in the 1.18-million strong Army, in November 2014, after taking over as defence minister, Manohar Parrikar approved this “interim emergency acquisition” through the “revenue route”.
The 50,000 jackets will somewhat help in meeting the Army’s requirement for 3,53,765 new jackets. Of them, 1.86 lakh jackets were to be inducted by 2012, with the remaining 1.67 lakh by 2017. While no new jackets have been acquired till now, the Army’s existing bulky ones with poor protection are also near the end of their operational life.