Saturday, 21 May 2011

Indian Navy likely to induct Kawach rockets by 2013

The state of the art 'Kawach' rockets being developed by Ordnance Factories Board (OFB) is likely to be inducted into Indian Navy sometime in 2013.

"We have made two prototype and first trial has been successfully conducted while the second trial will be conducted sometime this year before its final induction into the Indian Navy in 2013," OFB Director General and Chairman, D M Gupta Gupta told a press conference, here today.

Kawach to be launched from Navy submarines will have a range of 40 kms.

He also informed that the OFB is in the process of investing Rs 6800 crore over the next five years and will be taking up many new products like new generation assault rifles, very short range air defence missiles, latest generation artillery guns and ammunitions through technology transfer.

While ruling out the possibility of setting up new factories, he said OFB is in the process of expanding existing factories utilising surplus land since land acquisition was a problem for new units.

(Unfortunately no other information was forthcoming about this piece of hardware. I will update the report as and when more info is made available)

Gupta said 'Pinaca' rockets manufactured at Ordnance Factory at Ambajhari here have been well-received by the Indian Army and the OFB which presently manufactures 1000 rockets per year has a demand five times higher and it might consider increasing its capacity to cope up with the demand.