Army to buy 40,000 suits to save jawans from chemical weapons

These suits have been developed by Defence Material and Stores Research Development Establishment.

Kanpur: The Indian Army will procure 40,000
pieces of specially-designed suits to protect its jawans in
the artillery wing from chemical weapons.

These suits have been developed by the Defence Material and Stores Research Development Establishment here, its
director Arvind Kumar Saxena said.

The order for purchasing the suits was placed after the
Army was "quite satisfied" with the special clothing, he said.

"Though the organisation has developed the chemical attack
resistant suit, work on the biological suit is likely to be
completed by 2013, while preparation for the one against
nuclear attacks is at the primary level," he said.
Saxena said the suits, purely developed on indigenous
technique in four ordinance parachute factory laboratories
here, have been tested successfully and the Director General
of Quality Assurance in Pune has also approved it.
The suit, each costing about Rs 30,000, is cheaper than
the foreign makes, Saxena said, adding, efforts were underway
to further improve the accessory.

PTI

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