Rocket launchers Current Affairs - 2020

March 18: Ordnance Factory Day

On March 18, 2020, 219th Ordnance Factories Foundation Day was observed. Every year India observes March 18 as Ordnance Factory Day. The first Ordnance Factory was established in Kolkata in 1801. There are 41 ordnance factories in the country.

History

The history of ordnance factory is directly linked to the British reign of India. The Board of Ordnance Factories that still govern the ordnance factories in the country was established in 1775 at Fort Williams, Kolkata.

There were 18 ordnance factories before India became independent. The Ordnance Factory Board was established in 1979.

Ordnance Factory Board

The Ordnance Factory Board operates under Ministry of Defence. It is the largest and oldest Government operated defence organization. The Board is always called the fourth arm of defence. It is the 37th largest arms manufacturer in the world.

The Board is responsible for manufacturing small arms, missiles, rocket launchers, chemicals, explosives, mines, grenades, anti-tank warfare, etc.

The revenue generated by the board on behalf of the Indian Government in the year 2017-18 was 2 billion USD.

HAL places order with Thales for 2.75-inch Rocket Launchers

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has awarded French aerospace and defence company Thales a contract to supply 135 2.75-inch (70-mm) rocket launchers. These certified, field-proven, competitive rocket launchers are suitable for use on both light and combat helicopters. The order is aimed to boost the tactical capabilities of the Indian armed forces.

Enhancing the capabilities of Armed Forces

The Armed Forces of India are involved in a wide range of deployments in remote theatres, conducting operations beyond the scope of traditional homeland defence. This requires to round out their available resources with a view to boosting their tactical capability.

These 2.75-inch (70-mm) rocket launchers are produced using composite material, as a result, they are 50 per cent lighter than metal launchers, and also eliminates corrosion issues.

The solution which would be supplied by Thales includes four 2.75-inch (70-mm) 12-tube rocket launchers, plus fire control capability and the T100 sighting system.

With these rocket launchers, helicopter crews will see a significant improvement in their tactical capabilities during missions.