Kanpur, May 11: 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 told PTI. 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