He takes charge from Saurabh Kumar who superannuated from the services.
A Post Graduate Degree holder in Mechanical Engineering, Hari Mohan had been a topper of University of Allahabad and University of Pune while obtaining his Bachelor and Masters in Mechanical Engineering. He holds an M. Phil in Public Administration.
In a career spanning 39 years, Hari Mohan has contributed significantly in various positions in Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) Hardwar, Vehicle Factory Jabalpur, Engine Factory Avadi, Heavy Vehicle Factory Avadi, Ammunition Factory Khadki, Ordnance Factory Bolangir, Ordnance Factory Chanda, Ordnance Factory Dehu Road, OFB New Delhi Office and Ministry of Steel & Mines.
OFB manufactures from various products for the Indian army which includes tanks, armoured vehicles and assault rifles to howitzers, ammunition and even socks.
Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) handles 41 ordnance factories across the country which have more than one lakh workers. The company workers started recently one-month-long strike in the last August against the Ministry of Defence move to corporatise the board.
The Centre had arbitrarily decided to convert ordnance factories from a government department to a corporation or a PSU. According to the recent study, these factories of the Ordnance Factory Board based in Kolkata will manufacture Rs 30,000 crore worth of goods by 2024. Since these facilities are supplying sensitive products for national security trade unions are against the decision to corporatise the Board.
The OFB started off its journey from the Gun and Shell factory set up by the East India Company in Cossipore, near Kolkata, in 1801. Later, Government of India took charge of the company after independence announced the production of AK-203 rifles at the 41st ordnance factory in Korwa, Amethi.
According to defence analysts, the OFB gets budgetary support of over Rs 2,000 crore from the Ministry of Defence.
“We should understand the fact that OFB gets 80% of its orders from the Indian army and OFB’s 41 manufacturing units supports round 50% of the army’s requirements. This can be grown with strategic engagement with defence companies across the globe,” said an analyst.
There is also a growing worry among defence establishments on the OFB preparedness to manage the storage, handling and maintenance which are mainly responsible for growing defects and accidents. The analysts point out that ammunition accidents have started happening with tanks and mortars. Also, air defence equipment involving different depots, different units and different ranges, have been facing similar problems.
In a recent development, the OFB decided to manufacture weapons in a joint venture agreement with Indo-Russia Rifles Private Ltd. The JV mandates participation of the OFB, Kalashnikov Concern and Rosoboronexport. The inter governmental agreement (IGA) envisages the OFB to manufacture AK-203 assault rifles.
The contract states that Russian original equipment manufacturer UralVagonZavod and arms export agency Rosoboronexport will geta payment of $1.2 billion for technology transfer. At the same time, OFB will be paid $1.92 billion for local production of 464 T-90S tanks. Also,
The Indian Army started deploying the indigenously upgraded Dhanush artillery guns. As per Defence Ministry sources, Indian army will the first regiment in place by March 2020 and will get all 114 guns by 2022. Dhanush is the indigenously upgraded variant of the Swedish Bofors gun imported in the 1980s. Jabalpur-based The Gun Carriage Factory received the bulk production clearance (BPC) to manufacture 144 guns from the Army in February this year.