OFK starts refurbishment of old naval mines

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Oct 2017 10:30:41


By Ashish Rajput,

Ordnance Factory Khamaria (OFK) has started refurbishment of old Processor Based Ground Mines (PBGM) to save a major expenditure in production of new mines for aircraft carriers of Indian Navy. The factory has played a major role in replacing Russian ammunitions in aircraft carriers with indigenous ammunitions to save foreign currency.

The production of a 2.5-metre new Processor Based Ground Mine (PBGM) costs around Rs 15 to 20 lakh. There are large number of old PBGMs with the Indian Navy and its disposal also proves a costly affair.
OFK has developed technology to evacuate PBGM’s metallic shell and its refurbishment with fresh explosive and components. The technology will not only save expenditure amounting to crores of rupees in production of new ammunition, but also save the cost of disposing-off old ammunitions.

OFK, Senior General Manager, Arvind Kumar Agarwal, talking to ‘The Hitavada’, informed that they have developed technology to refurbish old mines being used by the Indian Navy in aircraft carrier. More than hundred mines are being refurbished in factory for supplying fresh stock of ammunition to the naval forces. The factory is saving Rs 10 to 15 lakh with the use of an empty shell through its refurbishment. Officers and employees are working on war footings for timely completion of project to supply new ammunitions to naval forces.

Senior General Manager A K Agarwal added that Ordnance Factories have successfully replaced the Russian ammunitions used by the naval forces to save national defence budget and best utilisation of old discarded ammunitions.
Along with refurbishment of mines, the factory is supplying Torpedoes, Rockets, AK-600 ammunitions used in 76-mm and 30-mm guns for better security of coastal borders in India.