Hyderabad: Indian Army personnel and other paramilitary forces facing the threat of landmines in strife-torn areas, including Maoist hotbeds, now have indigenous anti-mine boots from Hyderabad for protection, which will soon be mass produced.
A new concept of using ceramic honeycombs for fabrication of anti-mine boots, developed by the city-based International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI) with help from the Defence Materials and Stores Research and Development Establishment (DMSRDE), Kanpur, is ready for mass production, with the Indian forces likely to get the product this year itself.
The anti-mine boots, exhibited for the first time at the ARCI TechEx 2017 that began at ARCI, Balapur here on Monday, have been jointly patented by ARCI and DSMRDE, ARCI scientists said.
Though there were other versions that were earlier made for the Indian forces, including imported ones, none of them had satisfied the Army’s qualitative requirements, including those on weight and were subsequently rejected.
The ARCI-DSMRDE boots, scientists said, were just 2.9 kg, compared to the 4 kg ones developed earlier, and were capable of absorbing higher pressure and energy, thus providing better protection.
Certification trials at the Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory, Chandigarh had demonstrated a “tremendous reduction of mine blast pressure from 45,000 bar to 160 bar. The usual pressure in the process of mine blasting is 40-45 bar, which means that these boots are sufficient to minimize grave injuries. In other words, instead of death, blown off legs or powdered bones, the personnel may end up, at the most, with a fracture, which too can be a rarity,” the officials said.
The ARCI-DSMRDE effort to develop and fine-tune the ceramic honeycomb concept for the anti-mine boots took nearly six years, but the product is finally ready for technology transfer with DSMRDE to take care of the mass production for the Defence forces, officials said, adding that the Centre for Ceramic Processing (CCP) at ARCI had come up with the new product.