Ordnance Factory Day 2023: Ordnance Factories’ Day is celebrated every year on 18 March. India’s oldest Ordnance Factory, which is in Cossipore, Kolkata, started production on March 18, 1802.
History of Ordnance Factory Board
Ordnance Factories’ Day was established in 1775 and is headquartered at Ayudha Bhavan, Kolkata. OFB consists of 41 Ordnance Factories, 9 Training Institutes, 3 Regional Marketing Centers and 5 Regional Security Controllers, spread all over India.
Important facts of Ordnance Factory Board
OFB is known as the “Fourth Defense Force” of India and the “Army behind the Armed Forces”.
OFB is working under the Department of Defense Production, Ministry of Defence.
Indian Ordnance Factories supply products to all the three Indian Armed Forces namely Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force.
Arms & Ammunition, Weapon Spares, Chemicals & Explosives, Parachutes, Leather and Clothing items are being exported to more than 30 countries.
Significance of Ordnance Manufacturing Day
For land, sea and air platforms, the Indian Ordnance Factory Services plays a vital role in manufacturing, testing, logistics, research, development and commercialisation. They provide a solid base for manufacturing military parts and components at the national level.
Every nation should have enough arms and ammunition to ensure the safety of its people. The aim of the day is to ensure that high quality goods are produced and workers have a high quality workforce. Apart from Ayudha Shri/Devi, other honors given to workers include Ayudha Ratna, Ayudha Bhushan and others.