Explained: What is Bhabha Kavach?

The bullet-proof jacket is jointly developed by the Ordnance Factories Board and the public sector metals and metal alloys manufacturer MIDHANI.

Bhabha Kavach, billed as India s lightest bullet-proof jacket , was launched at the International Police Expo 2019 in New Delhi last week.

The bullet-proof jacket, developed jointly by the Ordnance Factories Board and the public sector metals and metal alloys manufacturer MIDHANI, can withstand bullets from an AK-47 assault rifle (7.62 mm hard steel core bullets), and the 5.56 mm INSAS rifle, according to a press release issued by the Expo.

The Kavach weighs 9.2 kg, a half kilogram less than the weight for a bullet-proof jacket prescribed by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the release said.

It quoted a senior Ordnance Factories Board official as saying the jacket is powered with nano technology from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre , and has a five-year warranty.

A large number of queries are coming from state police departments including Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Gujarat, the official was quoted as saying.