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Bhabha Kavach

  • It is the India’s lightest and cheapest ‘bullet-proof jacket’ fortheCRPF and the Ministry of Home Affairs personnel.
  • It is indigenously developed by the Ordnance Factories Board, a public sector undertaking MIDHANI along with BARC.
  • It is named after nuclear physicist Dr. Homi J. Bhabha.
  • The jacket weighs just 6.6 kg in comparison to the 17-kg jackets in use.
  • It can shield from AK-47 (7.62 mm hard steel bullets), SLR and INSAS (5.56 mm) weaponry.
  • It is made using extremely hard boron carbide ceramics, carbon nano-tubes and composite polymer.
  • BARC has transferred the technology to Mishra Dhatu Nigam, Hyderabad, for its large-scale production.
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