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Private sector allowed to produce specialist ammunition for Army

Defence Ministry has approved the proposal to allow private manufacturers to produce specialist ammunition for the Indian defence. Till date the armed forces source specialist ammunition either from Ordnance Factories Board (OFB) or through imports. As per the latest CAG report on Ammunition, army was lacking with the targeted quantity, leading to shortfalls in supplying up to 73 per cent of the total types of ammunition. Rest ammunition held would not last 10 days of war fight, although as per policy, army is supposed to maintain its ammunition reserves for 40 days of intense war fighting, with 20 days reserves being ‘Minimum Acceptable Risk Level’.

Source: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/defence-ministry-to-ask-pvt-players-to-produce-specialist-ammunition/#sthash.2FAswzLF.dpuf

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