before passing judgement, we should think a bit. is it the case that GOI can't afford 200 odd sets of BPJs and helmets for a newly raised specialised force ?
hardly, it is much more likely that body armour is a hindrance in the environment they are operating in. this is not an urban SWAT team that will be driven or flown to its target area.
how many jungle warfare forces have we seen wearing helmets and BPJs on those long patrols ?
can't remember many. heck, how many dedicated jungle warfare COIN teams are there in the world ? the only ones I remember off the top of my head are colombia's anti-drug forces.
who are quite capable and advanced in weapons and training, receiving regular US assistance and what not.
they look quite similar, except for the fatigues http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/sh ... ?p=4239118
all other jungle warfare forces I've seen images of (like those of the french foreign legion) are without body armour or helmets.
COBRA is meant to be a force that can mix in with the people and use deception to fight. the lack of uniforms is a deliberate decision.
I don't think you will see them in fatigues/BPJs during ops in forest environment.