SP's LandForces - - ADVERTORIAL -

Ord­nance Fac­tory Board [OFB], com­pris­ing of 41 units en­gaged in the man­u­fac­tur­ing of di­verse prod­ucts, is the old­est and largest de­fence pro­duc­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion in In­dia. It is a fore­run­ner of ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive by the gov­ern­ment in de­fence man­u­fac­tur­ing. OFB man­u­fac­tures the en­tire weapon sys­tem plat­form – along with its am­mu­ni­tion and re­lated ac­ces­sories. Re­mark­ably, OFB has achieved 85% over­all in­di­g­e­niza­tion. More­over, OFB has de­vel­oped the indigenous de­fence in­dus­trial com­plex in the coun­try by nur­tur­ing about 11,000 ven­dors keep­ing im­port sub­sti­tu­tion as OFB’s work­ing mantra. Along with In­dian Army, OFB caters to the needs of CAPFs, Air Force and In­dian Navy. Fur­ther, with chang­ing de­mands of time, OFB is also di­ver­si­fy­ing its prod­uct port­fo­lio and ex­pand­ing its base in the in­ter­na­tional ex­port mar­ket as well as do­mes­tic civil trade sec­tor. vat­edthe tres in­sti­tu­tion­spur, only Re­search es­tab­lish­ment(ODCs).to up­gradin­gat name OFB like Within a & ex­ist­ingfew,a IITs Devel­op­mentstruc­turedtheof at the13 as­sis­tanceMum­bai, Ord­nan­ce­prod­ucts Ord­nance man­ner [R&D] Kan­purof but Devel­op­ment­premier Fac­to­riesalso sin­ceis and be­ing de­vel­op­ing2006 aca­demic Kharag-are culti- Cen- with­not new of Pro­duc­tOFB weapon­has De­vel­op­ment/Up­grade,taken plat­forms.up R&D projects in In­di­geni­sa­tion,the do­mains Im­porthas de­vel­oped sub­sti­tu­tion ma­jor and weapon Process plat­forms, De­vel­op­ment. arms OFBand am­mu­ni­tion and ap­prox­i­mately 22% of the turnover of OFB is from prod­ucts de­vel­oped in­dige­nously by Ord­nance Fac­to­ries. The ma­jor prod­ucts de­vel­oped through in-house R&D are 155mm Ar­tillery Gun ‘Dhanush’, Up-gun­ning of 130mm Ar­tillery Gun to 155 mm x 45, Mine Pro­tected Ve­hi­cle­cle (MMPV), (MPV) Bi-Mo­du­larand Mod­ernised Charge Mine Sys­tem Pro­tected (BMCS) Vehi- for 155mm Ar­tillery Am­mu­ni­tion, 7.62 x 39mm As­sault Ri­fle ‘Ghatak’ among oth­ers. OFB is presently de­vel­op­ing Up­graded BMP-II, Fu­tur­is­tic In­fantry Com­bat Ve­hi­cle (FICV), Air De­fence Gun and 155mm x 52 Cal Mounted Gun Sys­tem and re­lated am­mu­ni­tions and Elec­tronic Fuzes. Be­sides cater­ing to the forces, OFB is also meet­ing the re­quire­ments of ad­vanced tech­no­log­i­cal ma­te­ri­als for re­search es­tab­lish­ments like ISRO, DMRL, NFC and oth­ers. OFB – a “Com­plete Com­bat So­lu­tion Provider” for the In­dian Armed forces is fur­ther emerg­ing as key player in the glob­ally-com­pet­i­tive de­fence in­dus­try. OFB’s tar­get is to pro­duce tech­no­log­i­cally su­pe­rior mil­i­tary equip­ment at com­pet­i­tive price ful­fill­ing the as­pi­ra­tions of the cus­tomers. SP


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