Army asks non-public companies to fulfill its ammunition necessities for the subsequent 10 years

Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 4 

The Army has requested non-public industries to fulfill the annual requirement for several types of ammunition, together with rifle bullets and artillery rockets, for the subsequent 10 years. The transfer, nevertheless, comes with a rider that producers won’t obtain any monetary assist for his or her enterprise.

In a sequence of requests for data (RFI) issued on Tuesday, the Master General of Ordnance’s Branch at Army Headquarters has sought to determine potential producers for taking part within the indigenous manufacture of ammunition.

The forms of ammunition to be manufactured embrace rockets for the 300mm SMERCH and 122 mm BM21 techniques, 90 mm shoulder-fired rocket launcher, 155 mm, 40 mm and 20 mm rounds for artillery and air defence weapons in addition to 7.62 mm and 9 mm rounds for various rifles and carbine.

The annual requirement projected to be sourced from the non-public sector varies from just a few dozen rounds for techniques like SMERCH rockets to about 70 lakh 7.62 mm bullets.

While inviting non-public companies for manufacturing ammunition, the Army has additionally made it clear that the federal government will neither present any particular concessions nor any funding or funding to facilitate organising requisite infrastructure by taking part companies.

The producers will even be accountable to acquire vital clearances below the Arms Act from the Ministry of Home Affairs, manufacturing licenses from the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion in addition to some other permissions vital for the manufacture of ammunition in India.

Each kind of ammunition has varied variants or kind of warhead for use for various functions. The Russian-origin SMERCH rockets, for instance, might be geared up with cluster warhead, fuel-air explosive warhead and a excessive explosive fragmentation warhead. Similarly, the 7.62 mm rounds are to be used in assault rifles and several types of sniper rifles.

The military has approached the non-public business earlier for indigenous manufacture of ammunition. While some non-public producers are supplying sure forms of ammunition, the majority of the indigenous provide comes from the state-run Ordnance Factory Board. A big amount, particularly that of crucial and specialised ammunition, proceed to be imported.

The shift in the direction of the non-public business to fulfill defence necessities is a part of the federal government’s efforts to facilitate the event of indigenous capability, cut back import dependence and with the long-term goal of constructing capability throughout the business as a sturdy different supply of ammunition. The authorities has authorized manufacturing of eight chosen ammunition for Indian Army by the Indian Industry.

In 2017, the federal government had initially recognized eight forms of ammunition that may very well be produced by the non-public sector. The armed forces are additionally figuring out weapons and tools that will probably be positioned on the ‘negative list’ to curtail their imports and swap their procurement to indigenous sources. Later, the federal government additionally allowed home non-public corporations to tie up with international companies that had been banned for corrupt practices to fabricate ammunition.


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