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Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

The Indian exchequer has incurred losses to the tune of Rs 960 crore because of “poor quality” ammunition and mines supplied by the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) in the last five to six years, the Army has noted in an internal assessment.

The use of OFB-manufactured equipment has also resulted in over 400 accidents between 2014 and 2019 that led to 27 deaths, the Army said.

According to the assessment, it had disposed of ammunition worth Rs 658.58 crore within their shelf life between April 2014 and April 2019. Mines worth another Rs 303.23 crore met the same fate in 2016 after an accidental mine explosion in 2016 at a depot in Pulgaon, Maharashtra.

The money lost, the Army noted in the assessment, could have been used to buy 100 units of the 155 mm Medium Artillery gun.

The OFB, which functions under the Ministry of Defence’s Department of Defence Production, is one of the oldest state-owned production entities.

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