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'Kavach' to protect Central Armed Police Forces

A Draft Correspondent | Mumbai

In a brief ceremony held on 6 February 2020 at CISF Unit, BARC Camp, Trombay BARC Director Dr. A K Mohanty handed over 55 Bhabha Kavach bullet proof jackets to CISF Director General Rajesh Ranjan in the presence of eminent dignitaries.

Bhabha Kavach, developed by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), is the lightest Level III plus bullet proof jacket (6.8 kg nominal weight) available in India. The jacket is based on indigenous hot-pressed boron carbide and carbon nanotube technologies. Bhabha Kavach is an import substitute and truly a ‘Make In India’ product that has qualified all the ballistic tests required as per the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the new Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

The Level III plus Bhabha Kavach bullet proof jacket can stop 7.62 x 39 mm hard steel core bullets fired from AK-47 rifles, 5.56 x 45mm Ball MK M bullets of Indian Small Arms System (INSAS) rifles and Self Load Rifles (SLR) / Bolt action rifles with a back face signature of less than 15 mm. Bhabha Kavach has also received approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs for induction into all Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs).