Armour-Piercing Bullets in Kashmir, Army Upgrading Vests

SRINAGAR: The army in Jammu and Kashmir will be using level-4 vests soon, reports in the media said. The decision has been taken after the reports that militants in Kashmir may be using American armour piercing bullets in encounters.

Lt Governor Manoj Sinha with General MM Naravane on June 2, 2021 in Srinagar. Pic: DIPR-JKarmy ch

The routine bulletproof jackets that are in vogue in the counter-insurgency grid offer less protection against the armour piercing bullets.

“The matter was discussed by the top army brass during the Army Commanders’ Conference held in April,” Hindustan Times reported.

General Manoj Mukund Naravane last week talked about an increase in the seizure of arms and ammunition from Afghanistan in Kashmir. “There is definitely an increase in the number of weapons and other equipment, especially night-vision devices that we are capturing or unearthing, which definitely have come from Afghanistan,” the General said. “When the previous Taliban regime was there in Afghanistan in the early 2000s, we did have a little spillover. We had captured or killed Afghan terrorists (in Kashmir) also.”

Naravane said they have apprehensions that Afghan fighters would be pushed into Kashmir by Pakistan.

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