India currently spends Rs 800 crore annually for importing Extreme Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS). Now, for promoting Make In India and to avoid this expense- the Army is giving final touches to a long-pending project for manufacturing specialized clothes, sleeping kits and key equipment for the soldiers who are on their duty in the Siachen glacier.
According to a report by India Today, military sources said the Army is aiming at saving nearly Rs 300 crore annually by a native production of these items which are, at present, sourced from countries like the USA, Australia, Canada, and Switzerland.
The report further states, "We have almost finalized the project under which a large number of items required for troops deployed in Siachen Glacier will be manufactured in India through the involvement of the private sector". Few things will be produced in India are snow goggles, ice ax, boots, thermal insoles, avalanche victim detectors, rock pitons, and sleeping bags.
Reports suggest that over the last decade the army has lost more than 160 personnel deployed at the Siachen Glacier in the Karakorum range. According to a report in The Times of India, clothing that will be manufactured in India will also be supplied to army personnel deployed in high-altitude locations like Doklam along the treacherous Sino-India border.
With this Make in India project, first, the Army debated over making these high-altitude clothing in our homeland but later it happened finally.
Another report related to this news is that an article published in April on The Better India (TBI) brought the story of ‘Made in India’ bulletproof jackets. Speaking exclusively to TBI, Mr. S C Kansal, Chairman, SMPP Private Limited, said, "This is a unique bulletproof jacket in that it is not only lightweight but can also defeat multiple bullet firings. The use of Boron Carbide Ceramic ensures that they remain the lightest-weight ballistic protection gear."
We hope that Made In India will produce the best for our army are serving the nation without wanting anything in return.