Breaking apart the Ordnance Manufacturing unit Board into particular person factories is not going to be a sustainable train as a result of current work division buildings and interdependence of items for weapons and ammunition manufacturing.
“ We have to be sure that the warfare reserve capacities created are retained and never closed as a result of financial issues. Secondly as a result of uncertainties of labor load, sustenance of a few of the factories could be troublesome, these extremely specialised factories can’t work alone on revenue motives,” SK Chourasia former Director Common Ordnance Factories and Chairman of Ordnance Manufacturing unit Board instructed BusinessLine. In September, the Centre constituted an Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM), headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, to supervise all the technique of the corporatisation of the OFB. The EGoM will even deliberate on the transition help and redeployment plan of staff whereas safeguarding their wages and retirement advantages. The Phrases of Reference of the Empowered Group of Ministers additionally embody a call on the conversion of OFB right into a single Defence Public Sector Endeavor (DPSU) or as a number of DPSUs.
“There may be a lot inter-dependence on the factories, for some merchandise 10-20 factories get related. Manufacturing of ammunition entails manufacture of specialized metals, forming, machining, elements manufacture, chemical and explosive manufacture, filling and packing and so forth, even clothes teams of factories become involved to produce parachutes, particular material baggage for propellant packing,” Chourasia stated.
“Particular person ordnance factories usually are not self-contained items. For an artillery gun, metal is made in Steel and Metal Manufacturing unit Ishapore, Autofrettage (pre-stressing) of barrel in Kanpur, trails in Muradnagar, recuperator and buffer in Gun Carriage Manufacturing unit (GCF), Jabalpur, some elements in several factories and integration additionally in GCF Jabalpur. Nowhere on the earth every thing is completed in a single manufacturing facility. Identical is the case of ammunition, mines, and others, the checklist is never-ending,” stated one other individual within the know.
“Due to this fact, making every manufacturing facility an impartial unit will kill the factories. Loss might be to nationwide safety,” he added.
A sector skilled added, “One other instance is the manufacture of a T-90 Tank that requires the contribution of 27 Ordnance Factories for manufacture, after gross sales help and overhaul along with a variety of non-public and public sector firms and an intricate provide chain matrix,” the skilled added.
“Defence platforms proceed to stay in service for nearly half a century after induction usually with midlife upgrades. As an example, the T-72 tank was inducted within the 1980s and new tanks had been manufactured until 2002. All these tanks have been overhauled and a second overhaul has commenced to increase the life for one more Eight-10 years. The tank has additionally undergone upgrades. It could, due to this fact, have a service lifetime of 50-55 years with the Ordnance Factories offering extended life cycle help,” the skilled stated.