‘OFB’s main focus on utilising efficiency to enhance export’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Feb 2018 12:20:00

Staff Reporter,

“ORDNANCE Factory Board (OFB) is focusing on using its efficiency to increase export of defence material to ally countries as per wish of the Government of India. Under the same, a major defence consignment of around Rs 300 crore will be dispatched soon. Gun Carriage Factory, Jabalpur (GCF) has been assigned mounted gun project of Rs 20,000 crore, while armoured vehicle project worth Rs 1 lakh crore is on cards to improve strength of armed forces,” informed Chairman of Ordnance Factory Board and Director General, Ordnance Factories S K Chourasia. He was informed this while talking to media during his visit to the city at OFK Inspection Bungalow on Saturday evening.

Chief of Ordnance Factories said that Jabalpur was always treated as city of explosives due to unaccounted stock of explosives since last 50 years. He applauded working of Ordnance Factory Khamaria in successful disposal of around 70 per cent of discarded explosives. He informed that remaining stock of highly sensitive explosives will be disposed of soon at Nagpur explosive range. Explosives will be safely transported according to standard parameters and will be disposed underground from 3 kms distance in 20-25 days. The Chairman also informed that indigenously developed 155 mm Dhanush gun will be fielded for another round of trials and assured that the gun will be launched soon this year.


Newly established production unit of 84 mm HEAT opened at OFK

Staff Reporter,

CHAIRMAN of Ordnance Factory Board S K Chourasia inaugurated newly established production unit of 84 mm HEAT, 751 mm ammunition at building number 316, F-III section at Ordnance Factory Khamaria on Saturday. OFK will produce ammunition in collaboration with Sweden under Transfer of Technology Agreement. He inspected newly established production unit and interacted with officers of OFK and experts arrived from Sweden. On the occasion, the Chairman was accompanied by OFK Senior GM Arvind Kumar Agarwal and other senior officers. Senior GM Agarwal informed that the factory will soon start production of new ammunition of 751 mm in collaboration with Sweden. Primarily, the project will be conducted on Complete Knock Down (CKD) basis for production of three versions i.e. Smoke, HEAT and HDPE.

Around 10,500 ammunition will be produced in first phase of the project. The factory has successfully developed advanced version of FFD Sweden made 551 mm ammunition as 751 mm with better accuracy and lethality to destroy its target. OFK has developed advanced version of Swedish 551 mm ammunition as 751 mm ammunition through indigenous research and development. Production of newly developed ammunition will be started on CKD basis in first phase of the project. Indigenous production of advanced ammunition will save foreign currency and strengthen national security forces.