Army asks non-public corporations to satisfy its ammunition necessities for the following 10 years

Vijay Mohan
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 4 

The Army has requested non-public industries to satisfy the annual requirement for various kinds of ammunition, together with rifle bullets and artillery rockets, for the following 10 years. The transfer, nevertheless, comes with a rider that producers is not going to obtain any monetary assist for his or her enterprise.

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

The varieties of ammunition to be manufactured embody rockets for the 300mm SMERCH and 122 mm BM21 programs, 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 a number of dozen rounds for programs like SMERCH rockets to about 70 lakh 7.62 mm bullets.

While inviting non-public corporations 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 collaborating corporations.

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

Each sort of ammunition has numerous variants or sort of warhead for use for various functions. The Russian-origin SMERCH rockets, for instance, could be outfitted 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 various kinds of sniper rifles.

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

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

In 2017, the federal government had initially recognized eight varieties of ammunition that could possibly be produced by the non-public sector. The armed forces are additionally figuring out weapons and tools that might 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 corporations that had been banned for corrupt practices to fabricate ammunition.


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