Faulty Ammunition Alarm

Faulty Ammunition Alarm 16 May, 2019

The Indian Army is alarmed due to poor and defective quality of ammunition being supplied for tanks, artillery, air defence and other guns. Army is concerned due to unacceptably high number of accidents taking place in the field. State-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB supplies.


The Indian Times reported that Army has told the defence ministry (MoD) that the spike in ammunition-related accidents is causing “fatalities, injuries and damage to equipment” at an alarming rate. This, in turn, is “leading to the Army’s loss of confidence in most types of ammunition” being manufactured by OFB, said sources.


The 15-page paper presents an extremely grim picture. It says “regular accidents” are occurring with 105mm Indian field guns, 105mm light field guns, 130mm MA1 medium guns, 40mm L-70 air defence guns as well as the main guns of the T-72, T-90 and Arjun main-battle tanks, with some “isolated cases” also being reported from the 155mm Bofors guns, due to defective ammunition.

Faulty Ammunition Alarm

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