Bullet Resistant Helmet as a part of “Aatmanirbharta” As a part of the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” commemorating the 75 years of Independence, the Department of Defence Production organized various Programmes starting from Dec. 13 to 19 this year. In different parts of the country. The virtual exhibition “Path to Pride” public exhibitions curated Museums and a booklet showcasing 75 Resolutions of DDP were inaugurated/launched by the Raksha Mantri.
The Ordnance Factories participated in the Programme by displaying their products in public for the benefit of School and College students and general public to create awareness about the activities and products being manufactured in these Factories. An exhibition displaying the various Troop Comfort Item was held at Ordnance Clothing Factory, Avadi in Tamil nadu. The major attraction of the Troop comfort Items in the exhibition was the Ballistic Helmet/ the Bullet Resistant Helmet indigenously developed and manufactured at Ordnance Clothing Factory Avadi.
Shri Abhay Kumar Singh, IPS Addl. DGP of Tamil Nadu launched the product in the presence of Shri.Surjit Das, IOFS, General Manager. www.indian.psu.com contacted C.Srikumar, General Secretary of AIDEF and who raise voice for developing new products in the Ordnance Factories and asked him about the specialty of the Ballistic Helmet developed by OCF Avadi. Responding to www.indianpsu.com C.Srikumar stated the following
The Indian ordnance Factories are capable of developing and producing different types of products required for the Armed Forces. Basically the ordnance factories are meant for bulk manufacturing of products developed by DRDO and through technology from other sources. The AIDEF was always demanding to the government that apart from DRDO the ordnance Factories should also be encouraged to have their inhouse R&D and develop new products or improve the existing products by utilizing the most efficient skilled work force. Even though the policy makers at Delhi have not given much encouragement to the Ordnance Factories to develop new products, the Ordnance Factories of their own have developed many products in the recent past.
The OCF Avadi a Troop Comfort Items manufacturing Factory have already developed Bullet Resistant Jacket and have started supplying to various State Police Forces. The recent achievement is development is the Ballistic Helmet with Blast Attenuation capabilities. The Ballistic Helmet is designed to protect against high velocity bullets, Blunt impact, fragments and blast waves from IEDs. It protects against 9mm Carbine, SLR & AK(HSC) bullets from a distance of 20 mtrs., with maximum BFS of 13mm. Protects against fragments from blast also. Most advanced light weight materials used in boltless configuration of ACH/PASCT design to ensure the enhanced safety. Modular type accessory attachments for Night Vision goggles, Visor, Torch, Headphones, wireless communication devices and counter weight etc. the base variant will protect against 9mm ammunition from 5 mtrs., distance. The Factory is also taking steps to further advance the product.
The potential and inbuilt capacity of Ordnance Factories cannot be under estimated. Unfortunately the present Government has disintegrated and corporatized these Factories against which the employees are continuing their Trade Union Battle and legal battle.