Indian army plans to purchase chemical weapon protection suits

The Indian army plans to buy 40,000 pieces of specially designed suits to protect its soldiers, known as jawans, who are employed in the artillery wing from chemical weapons.

The suits were developed in India by the Defense Material and Stores Research Development Establishment from an indigenous technique in four ordinance parachute factory laboratories, PTI reports.

Director of the DMSRDE Arvind Kumar Saxena said that the army ordered the special clothing after being “quite satisfied” with the results of testing.

"The Defense Material and Stores Research Development Establishment in Kanpur has developed a new NBC suit that would be proved effective against any kind of dangerous weapons or chemicals and protect soldiers from any sort of attack,” Saxena said, according to Rediff. "Though the organization 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.”

After the suit was handed over to the army for approval, tests were successful enough that officials ordered 40,000 units of the the suit.

The suits have also been approved by the director general of quality assurance in Pune, India.

Each suit costs around $675, which Saxena said is cheaper than similar foreign makes.