IN­DIA TO DE­VELOP AR­TILLERY SHELLS

SP's LandForces - - SHOW REPORT / INTERVIEW -

The In­dian Ord­nance Fac­tory Board (OFB), Na­landa, has started the in­dige­nous de­vel­op­ment of crit­i­cal com­po­nents re­quired for the pro­duc­tion of ar­tillery shells, in­clud­ing 155mm Bo­fors guns, af­ter its for­eign part­ners were banned by the De­fence Min­istry. An OFB of­fi­cial said that OFB Na­landa will in­dige­nously de­velop the bi-mod­u­lar charge sys­tems (BMCS) re­quired for fir­ing ar­tillery shells from heavy guns, in Bi­har, In­dia. “The tech­nol­ogy would be pro­vided by the Naini­tal-based DRDO lab­o­ra­tory, High En­ergy Ma­te­ri­als Re­search Lab­o­ra­tory (HEMRL),” the of­fi­cial added. Ac­cord­ing to OFB of­fi­cials, by Au­gust 2012, OFB Na­landa will start oper­at­ing its first plant, where some key com­po­nents re­quired for mak­ing the fi­nal prod­uct will be man­u­fac­tured. The Min­istry has not set a time­line for the project. How­ever, OFB hopes to make the plants fully func­tional by the end of 2012.

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