An Indian Army Major who had designed an advanced bulletproof vest against sniper rounds has now developed a helmet that can protect the wearer from a 7.62×39mm bullet, commonly chambered in an AK-47.
Major Anoop Mishra developed world's first bullet proof helmet against AK 47 bullet, developed under project Abhedya.— Madhvi 🇮🇳 (@a_nationalist65) February 10, 2020
In dec 2019 , He developed bullet proof jacket for protection from Sniper rifle attacks.
He is a part of Indian Army's college of Military Engineering at pune. pic.twitter.com/cZz3GehiDM
"The ballistic helmet has been developed under project Abhedya by Major Anoop Mishra, who has also developed a full-body protection bulletproof jacket which can withstand even sniper rifles," Army officials told news agency ANI.
#WATCH Major Anoop Mishra of Indian Army showcases his ballistic helmet Abhedya-1- world’s first helmet which can give protection even from a AK-47 bullet fired from a range of 10 mtr. He has also developed a full body bullet proof jacket for protection from sniper rifle bullets. pic.twitter.com/khcYR9C0MC— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 9, 2020
Mishra is part of the Indian Army's College of Military Engineering, who was inspired to design the helmet after he was saved by his bulletproof jacket when struck with a sniper round several years ago.
"This jacket can withstand a sniper bullet from even 10 meters", Mishra said.
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat awarded Mishra the Army Design Bureau Excellence Award at the Army Technology Seminar for developing the helmet.
Mishra's new helmet and advanced bulletproof jacket will give Indian troops on the Line of Control, a militarized area between India and Pakistan, added protection as skirmishes along the region continue to flourish.
"During 2016-17, 50,000 bulletproof jackets had been procured for the Indian Army through the Revenue route. The Contract for procurement of 1,86,138 BPJs through Capital route, under Buy (Indian) category, has been concluded in April 2018. Further, a contract for procurement of 1,58,279 Ballistic Helmet through Capital route had been concluded in December 2016," the former Minister of State for Defence, Subhash Bhamre said in 2018.
The report didn't specify if there was an immediate order by the Indian military for Mishra's helmet and bulletproof jacket.