Ballistic Shields

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The Indian Army recently issued two Request For Proposals (RFP) for procurement of 7,000 body-worn camera systems and 1,612 ballistic shields to be procured under Emergency Procurement (EP) through the fast-track procurement (FTP) route.

About Ballistic Shields:

  • The ballistic shields should have a minimum indigenous content of 50% and the manufacturer should provide a 60 months warranty for the ballistic shield and 24 months for the harness.
  • The shield should have a service life of five years.
  • The shield should be of ambidextrous design with height not less than 860 mm and width not less than 520 mm.
  • The weight should not be more than 20 kg plus 5%, including ballistic view port and accessories attached to the shield.
  • It should be provided with support harness to enable hands-free carriage of ballistic shield while ensuring unhindered usage of personal weapon and balanced weight distribution once fully worn.

Emergency financial powers:

  • Emergency financial powers were granted to the armed forces by the Defence Ministry in the past on three occasions; post the Uri surgical strikes in 2016, the Balakot air strike in 2019 and the 2020 standoff with China in eastern Ladakh.
  • Under the FTP route, the forces can procure weapons systems upto ₹300 crores on an “urgent basis without any further clearances to cut short the procurement cycle”.
  • Three tranches of EPs were executed under which 68 contracts worth ₹6,000 crores were placed and the fourth EP for indigenous equipment is underway.


Source : The Hindu