INDIA TO DEVELOP ARTILLERY SHELLS
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.