NEW DELHI: A major contract through capital procurement route, for procurement of 1,86,138 Bullet Proof Jackets (BPJs) has been signed worth nearly Rs 640 crore for their procurement.nnIn a statement, the ministry said the contract was finalised after “successful” field evaluation trials.The impending requirement of the Indian Army for effective BPJs, has been met after successful conduct of stringent field evaluation trials.nnThe contracted BPJs have contemporary and state-of-the-art specifications with added protectional level and coverage area. These ergonomically designed BPJs have modular parts, thereby providing immense protection and flexibility to soldiers operating in different operational situations ranging from long distance patrolling to high risk room intervention scenarios. The new BPJs will provide 360 degree protection to the soldier in combat, including from latest hard steel core bullets.nnThe concerns for BPJs for the Indian Army, have been raised at the highest levels, even in the civil domain and media reports amidst heightened security situation, along the borders and in the hinterland in the disturbed areas. The provisioning of this operationally urgent and very critical equipment concerning personal ballistic protection, will boost the confidence of the soldier and provide moral ascendency to security forces.nnThe case was processed as a ?Buy Indian?. The provision of these new BPJs was done by Indian manufacturers who were successful in the trials. This has given an impetus to the ?Make in India? initiative of the Government, and provides confidence that the Indian Industry is capable of fulfilling the requirements of Indian Army for its personal protective equipment.