ORDNANCE FACTORY BOARD (OFB)

Ordnance Factories Board (OFB) is the world's largest government-operated production organisation and the oldest organisation run by the Government of India. It is often called the "Fourth Arm of Defence" and the "Force Behind the Armed Forces" of India. It is amongst the top 50 defence equipment manufacturers in the world.

Indian Ordnance Factories are the oldest and largest industrial setup functioning under the Department of Defence Production of Ministry of Defence. The Ordnance Factories form an integrated base for indigenous production of Defence hardware and equipment, with the primary objective of self-reliance in equipping the armed forces with state-of- the-art battlefield equipment.

Core competence of Ordnance Factories:

Weapons Small, Medium and Large Calibre Weapons & Mortar Equipment
Ammunition, Explosives & Propellants Small, Medium and Large Calibre Ammunition, Mortar Bombs, Signaling and related stores, Rockets & Aerial Bombs, Fuzes, Explosives, Chemicals & Propellants
Military Vehicles Trucks, Mine protected and Special Security Vehicles
Armoured Vehicles Tanks & its variants, Armoured Personnel Carrier(APCs) & Engines
Instruments & Optical devices Night & Day Vision Sights & Instruments
Parachutes Brake Parachutes, Man dropping, Supply dropping Parachutes, Float & Boat.
Troop comfort & General Stores Tentage, Clothings, Personal equipment, Bridges, Boats, Cables etc.

Production achievement: The turnover during the financial year 2014-15 was Rs 11,364 crore. The gross turnover for 2015-16 is Rs 14,158 crore and net turnover excluding Excise Duty is Rs. 13,077 Crore.Nearly, 81% of the supplies by OFB are for the Indian Army.

Modernisation: OFB is continuously modernizing its existing facilities by replacing age old machines with the state-of-the-art machines to manufacture quality products, taking into account the current and long term future requirements of the customers. In this regard, a Comprehensive Modernisation Plan for the XIIth five year Plan has been prepared. Under this plan, expenditure of Rs. 2927 crore has been made.

Quality Management :The process has been strengthened by taking following initiatives: Test facilities at ordnance factories have been made available to the private entities, Establishment of Ten Quality Audit Groups(QAG) for audit of manufacturing processes, Deputation of teams for direct interaction with central and forward Depots to address the complaints, Formation of Failure Review Board in each Factory with DGQA rep as a Member.

Achievements and Awards :

  1. Successful trials of indigenously designed and manufactured 155 mm X 45 Caliber Artillery Gun (Dhanush).
  2. Successful proof firing of 155 mmX52 cal gun systems developed by OFB at PXE Balalsore on 13-08-2015 for the first time in the country.
  3. Development of fuze for anti-submarine rocket RGB-60 and RGB-12 by Ammunition Factory Khadki. First out-turn lot of the Fuze issued to Indian Navy in Sept’15.
  4. In house developed 7.62mm Trichy Assault Rifle trial evaluated by Indian Coast Guard in August 2015 and recommended for induction for Indian Coast Guard operations.
  5. Indigenous development of Bi-Modular Charge System (BMCS) modules.
  6. Vehicle Factory, Jabalpur (VFJ) selected as an honorary entrant to the CNBC-TV18 OVERDRIVE Hall of Fame for the current year.
  7. Ordnance Factory, Khamaria (OFK) declared as the winner of Rajiv Gandhi National Quality Award-2013 in the category of Large Scale Manufacturing Sector.

Swachh Bharat Mission: Nearby villages have been adopted by OF.Badmal, O.F.Khamaria, O.F.Ambajhari, O.F.Itarsi, O.F.Katni, O.F.Medak for the purpose of basic medical care and improving hygiene, sanitation etc.

For more information, visit the link: ofbindia.gov.in)