India’s indigenously designed and manufactured 155mm x 45mm caliber artillery gun, Dhanush has successfully met all technical parameters during the winter and summer trials, Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar told at the Parliament today.
Informing the Members of Parliament of the Consultative Committee attached to his Ministry, the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said.
“Dhanush incorporates many improved features than the guns which the Army is possessing at present. The Consultative Committee was discussing the Role Performance and Future of Ordnance Factory Board (OFB),” Parrikar said.
“Another notable achievement of OFB in the recent time has been the indigenous development of 40mm Multi Grenade Launcher (MGL) for 40 x 46mm Low Velocity Grenades (LVG). He also said the Assault Rifle ‘Ghaatak’ (7.62x39mm) Assault Rifle (AR) developed through in-house Research and Development has met all the parameters as per the General Staff Qualitative Requirements (GSQRs) during the trial evaluation by Para Military Forces under the Ministry of Home Affairs,” he said.
The Defense Minister said, “The ministry has taken a number of initiatives towards improving the performance of OFB. This includes efforts to operate OFB on a Corporate model (not Corporatize) with a commercial accounting system. The procurement manual has also been revised keeping in view the Make in India plan to facilitate long term procurement.”
“Quality Audit of eight factories will be undertaken by a globally reputed firm to improve upon the existing processes and attain Zero Defect production system. OFB is undergoing a paradigm shift from that of a manufacturer of defense equipment to a Complete Solution Provider. OFB’s new role will encompass design, development, bulk production and life cycle sustenance equipment,” he added.
“OFB would be made into a lead integrator of major platforms and as a manufacturer of world class defense equipment. With the offset regime in place, OFB is also looking forward towards delivering many sub-systems to leading overseas players,” he said.
OFB is a conglomerate of 39 ordnance factories with another two new projects being set up at Nalanda in Bihar and Korwa in Uttar Pradesh.