It has been recently decided by the government to decorate a large tableau of the strategic power of the country at the Defense Expo-2020. Five state-of-the-art weapons of the Ordnance Factory Board will show the world the power of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’.
The objective of the government is to persuade foreign companies to invest by setting up their units in Uttar Pradesh or other states of the country, but the government wants to present India as a competent and useful partner rather than needy and desperate .
The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) is working on the Make in India project of the Modi government. Many weapons, including rockets launchers, and military equipment have been made in various Ordnance Factories. They have also been displayed in forums related to defense products. Now such a special occasion is the Defense India Expo being organized by the Ministry of Defense in Vrindavan sector of the capital Lucknow from 5 to 9 February.
The board has been given a big stall at the expo, in which many ordnance factories will showcase their state-of-the-art defense products. Ordnance factories of Kanpur will have a special role in this. A senior official of the Ordnance Development Center said that four guns and one mine protective vehicle are being presented by the board. The gun system developed by Ordnance Factory Kanpur and Field Gun Factory Kanpur as well as the mounted gun system by Gun Carriage Factory Jabalpur are being displayed. At the same time, Ordnance Factory Medak is bringing upgraded BMP and upgraded MPV. All these weapons and defense equipment are of international standard and their technology has also influenced many countries.
These will be the major attractions:
- Dhanush Cannon: This gun of international standard 155 mm 45 caliber has been developed on indigenous technology. Its weight and firepower are higher than the 155 mm 39 caliber foreign cannon Bofors.
- Sharang Cannon: The Sharang Cannon developed by the Ordnance Factory Board is of 155 mm caliber. Its barrel length is 7035 mm and weighs 8450 kg, while the firepower is 36 km.
- Mounted Gun System: The mounted gun system has been developed by the gun carriage factory Jabalpur. There is a cannon on the truck, which can be taken under any circumstances according to the need of the army.
Upgraded weapons to arrive from Medak
The Mine Protective Vehicle (MPV) used by the Indian Army and the Central Reserve Police Force was upgraded by Ordnance Factory Medak. For this, the Golden Award was given to the Ordnance Factory Board in Dubai in 2016. The same factory developed the upgrade BMP working on the infantry combat vehicle.