Army Raises Concerns Over Defective Ammunition
Much of the ammunation of the Indian Army is defective. The Army has raised this issue with the Ministry of Defence.
The Army has complained about the high number of accidents taking place while using defective ammunition. This ammunition is supplied by the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) which is owned by the country itself. The ammunition is used for tanks, air defence etc.
The Army has reported this matter to the Ministry of Defence (MoD). Sources have said that this defective ammunition is leading the army to lose confidence in most types of ammunition produced by the OFB. OFB is the main source of arms and ammunition to the Army. The Army has a 12 lakh+ strong force.
Ajay Kumar is the Secretary of Defence Production. The Army has raised this issue with him. They said that the ammunition had no quality check and assurance.He has asked the army to submit a paper about the different problems with the ammunition.
This paper is 15 pages long. It says that regular accidents take place with the 105mm Indian field guns, 105mm light field guns, main guns of the T-72, T-90 and Arjun battle tanks etc.
A source has said that with the OFB’s poor approach to solving the problem, the Army has stopped firing some long range ammunition.