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The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has developed a next-generation bulletproof jacket for the Indian armed forces.
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Bhabha Kavach can shield from AK-47 (hard steel bullets), SLR and INSUS weaponry are currently undergoing tests by armed forces.
It is named after nuclear physicist Dr Homi J. Bhabha, the jacket was developed at BARC’s Trombay centre in response to a request from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The jacket is made using extremely hard boron carbide ceramics that is hot-pressed with carbon nano-tubes and composite polymer; the jacket weighs just 6.6 kg in comparison to the 17-kg jackets in use and has passed over 30 tests carried out by certified agencies.