New Delhi: In a major boost to Make in India the acquisition wing of Ministry of Defence (MoD) with the approval of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, has placed an indent on Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) for the supply of 156 BMP 2/2k Infantry Combat Vehicles (ICV) with upgraded features for use of the Mechanised Forces of the Indian Army. Under this official requisition of the supply of ICVs, the combat vehicles will be manufactured by Ordnance Factory, Medak in Telangana at an approximate cost of Rs 1,094 crore.
The BMP-2/2K ICVs are going to be powered by 285 horsepower engines and are lower in weight which will make them highly mobile to meet all tactical requirements of mobility in the battlefield. These ICVs will be able to reach a speed of 65 kilometres per hour (kmph) with easy steering ability in cross country terrain. They will have amphibious capabilities to travel at 07 kmph in water. These are designed to overcome the slope of up to 35° cross obstacles of 0.7 metre and have lethal firepower capability.
With the induction of these 156 BMP 2/2K ICVs, planned to be completed by 2023, the existing deficiency in the Mechanised Infantry Battalions will be mitigated and the combat capability of the Army will be further enhanced.
Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) consisting of the Indian Ordnance Factories, it is an important department under the Ministry of Defence functioning under the Department of Defence Production (DDP). It is engaged in research, development, production, testing, marketing and logistics of a comprehensive product range in the areas of air, land and sea systems. OFB comprises forty-one ordnance factories, nine training institutes, three regional marketing centres and four regional controllerates of safety, which are spread all across the country.
OFB is headquartered in Kolkata.