Ordnance factory introduces indigenous version of 155mm gun

PTI

Indian armed forces will use in 3 months an indigenous version of the 155mm calibre Bofors guns ”which are more advanced than Bofors”, All India Ordnance Factories Board’s (OFB) Director General and Chairman Sudhir Kumar Beri said.

Speaking to reporters at the ordnance factory at Yeddumailaram in Medak district today afternoon, he claimed it is “the biggest ever achievement of Indian ordnance factories to have manufactured an indigenous 155 mm calibre gun for the country’s defence needs”. Generally, it takes 60 months to develop and manufacture such guns but Indian ordnance factories did it in merely 16 months, he claimed.

“Earlier, we manufactured only 104 mm calibre guns in India and 155 mm calibre guns were imported from foreign companies like Bofors. But now, we manufacture in it India,” he said, adding the indigenous 155mm calibre guns have been successfully tested.

Around 65 percent of the technology used in these guns is Indian and 35 percent foreign. In three months, the foreign component will be reduced to 15 percent, he said.

The manufacturing capacity of 2000 Pinaka missiles per annum will be increased to 5000 missiles per annum, he said.

He said “we have moved proposals to the central government to take over three HCL units at Hyderabad, Naini (near Allahabad) and Ramnarayanpur. The proposals are moving at a very fast pace and a decision is expected next month”.

He said these three units will be taken over with all its 2200 employees and 300 acres of land at Hyderabad, 54 acres of land at Naini and 900 acres of land at Ramnarayanpur, along with infrastructural facilities. Some changes will be made and machinery will be installed as per requirement, he said.

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