‘OFB optimistic on achieving annual production target of Rs 17,000 crore’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Jan 2018 11:36:10


Staff Reporter,

“ORDNANCE Factories are registering a constant growth in adopting advanced technology and increasing their production efficiency. Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) is optimistic on achieving annual production target of Rs 17,000 crore in current financial year. All possible efforts are being made to provide best quality and quantity of defence products to Indian Army, Navy and Air Force,” informed Chairman of Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and Director General of Ordnance Factories Sunil Kumar Chourasia (IOFS).
Chief of Ordnance Factories was talking to scribes during his visit to Ordnance Factories in Jabalpur on Sunday.

Chourasia further added that, “Open tendering of non-core group defence products is an opportunity for Ordnance Factories to shift themselves from low-tech to high-tech defence productions. It is a visionary approach of the Government of India to encourage private sector in defence production and ensuring supply of low-tech defence products to national security forces at a feasible price.

Ordnance Factories have already proved their mettle by developing 155 mm Dhanush gun while advanced ammunition are being indigenously developed in foreign collaborations.” OFB Chairman Chourasia informed the scribes that there is no dearth of work in Vehicle Factory Jabalpur as its indigenously developed Mine Protected Vehicles (MPVs) has export potential but the factory is facing challenges to streamline production. Another round of trials of indigenously developed Dhanush gun at GCF Jabalpur will be done soon to finalise its production. Replying to a query, Chourasia said that adoption of any new technology and production of any new product always faces several challenges to meet technical requirements of users. Ordnance Factories are making all efforts in implementing best practices to meet technical parameters and starting production of new defence weapons and ammunition. He added that Ordnance Factories and private firms engaged in defence production work with a sole motive of production of indigenous defence products.