Shantanu Bhowmick, a Scientist and professor, has designed an ultra lightweight, thermoplastic jacket, which can be manufactured completely in India and has got the approval of the Ministry of Defence. These jackets, hitherto, being imported from the US used to cost approximately Rs 1.5 lakhs, each, whereas the indigenous version will be costing one third of the amount i.e just Rs 50,000/- as compared to those imported, this will bring down the defence spending by Rs 20,000 crore annually, as reported. The Prime Minister’s nod is awaited before the production of this starts in India. Prof. Bhowmick, the departmental head of aerospace engineering in Coimbatore’s Amrita University, collaborated with the DRDO and the Ministry of Defence to create a bullet-proof jacket that will be the first in 70 years to be manufactured in India, said a report. He also extended his gratitude and thanked the Deputy Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Subrata Saha for his unending support in getting the official nod for his project. Moreover these jackets outperform the foreign options in functionality. The current models that the soldiers use across all forces weigh between 15 and 18 kilograms. The new and improved version will weigh almost eight times less at about 1.5 kilograms. This does not however bring down its performance in combat with the 20 layers of carbon fiber proving to be very efficient in keeping the bullets away. The jackets are designed to be wearable at even 57 degrees Celsius.