The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has announced a plan to procure a whopping 1.4 million units of high-quality body armor, worth around 13 billion yuan ($1.85 billion), in the coming two years.
The PLA Ground Force (PLAGF) is holding open tenders to procure 930,000 units of plates for universal bulletproof vests and 467,000 units of plates for enhanced bulletproof vests, according to two statements released on weain.mil.cn, the Chinese military’s weapon and equipment procurement website, on Friday.
A regular plate unit should cost under 7,950 yuan, or 7.4 billion yuan in total, and an enhanced unit less than 12,900 yuan, or 6 billion yuan in total. Each plate unit consists of two bulletproof plates, and the plate manufacturer will assemble the plates into the vests, which are not included in these procurements, before delivery.
The products are expected to be delivered in batches in the 24 months after contracts are signed. Both open tenders will end on March 6.