Nagpur: The Ordnance Factory Ambajhari
(OFAJ) near here is all set to enhance its manufacturing
capacity of Pinaka rockets from the present 1,000 rockets to
5,000 every year for the Indian Army, sources said.
"Pinaka rocket is one of the major projects (of the
OFAJ). The multiple rocket launcher has successfully been
indigenised and production of Pinaka rocket is in association
with the Defence Research and Development Organisation
(DRDO)," official sources said.
"Pinaka rocket is operable at extreme conditions of
temperature ranging from -10 degree centigrade to 55 degree
centigrade. These rockets, with a payload of 100 kgs, have a
striking range of 40 kms and can bring devastation around 500
kms of surrounding areas of the target. It has already been
tested and inducted into the arsenal of the Indian Army. It is
a mammoth project of the Ambajhari Ordnance Factory," they
Very soon, construction work would commence for the
extension project of Pinaka. Each Pinaka battery consists of
six launcher vehicles, each with 12 rockets, six loader-cum
replenishment vehicles, two command post vehicles with a fire
control computer and radar.
According to sources, AN-32 Platform system is another
important milestone in the history of OFAJ and the first batch
of OFAJ`s indigenously produced AN-32 Platform was handed over
to the Indian Army in July last year.
AN-32 Platform system is an Aerial Delivery System to
para drop vehicles from height of 500 to 700 metres, with the
help of parachutes. The platforms loaded with vehicle are
carried on hydraulic trolley to airbase and the same is put
inside an AN-32 aircraft with the help of a hydraulic trolley
and manual push, sources said.
The platforms, along with parachutes, are dropped from
aircraft at the desired locations. The platform loaded with
vehicles gets stabilised and lands on ground with the help of
The AN-32 Platform heavy drop system was designed and
developed by Aerial Delivery Research and Development
Establishment (ADRDE). It is a substitute to Russian AN-32
Platform system. OFAJ has indigenously developed this item in
collaboration with ADRDE Agra.
Another vital project of the OFAJ is 105 mm shells
HEER, which has a projectile mass of 16 kgs and is of 593 m
length. HEER has a range of 20.4 Km with super charge, they
The OFAJ, established in 1966, is a premier factory in
the family of 41 ordnance factories. It is engaged in
manufacturing and supply of ammunition hardware parts, shells,
fuses, rockets, cartridge cases, assault bridges and high
strength aluminium alloys, they said.
The 41 defence production units and factories under
the Defence Ministry are engaged in the production of weapon
systems, armoured personnel carrier, tanks and ammunitions and
equipments required by the Indian Armed Forces and Para
Military Forces in the country.