Ordnance Factory Board Current Affairs - 2020

Textiles Committee launches indigenous design of PPE Testing Equipment: Synthetic Blood Penetration Testing Equipment

On May 21, 2020, the Textiles Committee operating under Ministry of Textiles has launched testing equipment for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). The Committee will now on test the PPEs produced in the country. The Equipment is called Synthetic Blood Penetration Testing Equipment

Highlights

The laboratory set up to test the PPEs was accredited by the NABL (National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories). A Unique Certification Code has been passed to test the samples submitted by the manufacturers of PPEs. The UCC has been uploaded in all official websites such as Ordnance Factory Board, DRDO (Defence Research Development Organization).

Synthetic Blood Testing Equipment

The Equipment tests the resistance of the PPE (masks, covers, etc) to penetration of synthetic blood under different levels of pressure.

Textiles Committee

Textiles Committee was established in 1963 to ensure quality of textiles. The committee tests the machineries both for usage within India and export purpose as well. It also provides inspection besides its main objective of quality of textiles.

 

Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme approved

On May 15, 2020, Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme was approved by the Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh. The scheme is to be implemented at an estimated amount of Rs 400 crores.

Highlights

The Defence Research Development Organization and the 41 ordinance factories in the country have created testing facilities for ammunition, firearms, radar and electronic arms at the expense of GoI.

This will help in promoting indigenous defence capacities of the country especially amongst MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) and startups.

About the Testing Facilities

The testing Facilities will be used to test UAVs (Unmanned Vehicles), radars, drones, rubber testing, telecom equipment testing, shock testing, noise testing, ship motion testing, blast testing, environment test facilities testing, etc.

What is the plan?

Under the scheme, over six to eight test facilities are to be brought in the country. 75% of the cost to set up these facilities will be born by the Central Government. The rest of 25% is to come through private entities and the state government.

Defence Industrial Corridors

There are two main industrial corridors in India. They are in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The testing centres will also help these industries to test their products.

Defence Exports

The scheme will also help to aid India’s Defence Export targets. During the Defexpo 2020, India had set a target of boosting defence exports to 5 billion USD in next five years.