BULLET-RESISTANT TYRES ARE TESTED BY THE NATIONAL FORENSIC SCIENCES UNIVERSITY

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The integrated ballistic testing range at the National Forensic Sciences University has never tested ‘Made in India’ bullet resistant tyres to verify they satisfy the highest safety standards, despite the fact that similar tyres have been tested abroad.

“‘Bulletproof’ is a misnomer because any projectile that is bigger in size and weight can penetrate a vehicle or jacket,” claimed S. G. Khandelwal, the range coordinator for ballistic testing.

“Test done to determine whether tyres are still usable after being struck”

The goal is to make sure that the bullet-resistant material, even after absorbing a few hits, provides the person—who could be the wearer of such a jacket or an occupant of such a vehicle—some time to reach a safe spot, according to S G Khandelwal, the ballistic testing range coordinator.

The tyres were examined to determine whether the car would continue to move for a few kilometres and function in the event of a direct strike.

Due to the sensitive nature of the technology, the official added that such tyres used for VVIP security are typically tested abroad but chose not to disclose the name of the business.

There are two main ways to make a tyre bullet resistant, according to experts.

The first technique includes keeping the pressure up using a unique system that enables the considerably thicker tubes and tyres to sustain many punctures while still maintaining their pressure. The second involves placing a thin metal or plastic ring within the tyre to help it maintain its shape in the event that the cover is struck, according to an official.

The goal, according to Khandelwal, is to support the “Make in India” campaign by encouraging local businesses, large and small, to have their products tested for bullet protection.

According to him, among other companies that have sent their goods to the lab for testing are Tata Advanced Systems, Mahindra Defence Systems, Jindal Stainless, Ashok Leyland Defence Systems, Bharat Forge, and L&T.

“A total of 1,885 samples were analysed in 2022–2023, with reports being submitted. These reports are frequently necessary in order to supply strategic operations units.

The Indian Army, Border Security Force (BSF), National Security Guards (NSG), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indian Air Force (IAF), Indian Coast Guards (ICG), and Gujarat Police are a few of the organisations that send their vehicles, jackets, helmets, etc., for testing.

The testing centre is also looking at developing and testing lightweight armour for the security forces.

Without the helmet, the current complete body armour for the military weights roughly 10 kg. Three projects, including one from NFSU, are reportedly being reviewed at the moment, according to NFSU officials. Another effort by a company focuses on sandwiching numerous layers of synthetic fibres to slow down the speed of a bullet, while two initiatives use nanotechnology to build thinner materials that can provide the same level of safety.

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