New Delhi: The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has made 25 heavy machine guns with the help of Israel and handed them over to the Navy and Coast Guard. These remote control machine guns are fitted in seaplanes. According to the OFB, these 12.7 mm 2-NATO Standard Heavy Machine Guns, also known as Stabilized Remote Control Guns (SRCGs) are manufactured at the Ordnance Factory Trichy in Trichapalli, Tamil Nadu. For this, Israel’s Elbit-Systems handed over the technology of heavy machine gun (Transfer of Technology ie ToT) to OFB.
Out of these 25 SRCG guns, 15 have been given to the Navy and 10 to the Coast Guard. The OFB handed over these machine guns to Navy and Coast Guard officials during a program in Trichapalli on Saturday.
According to the OFB, these SRCG machine guns are meant for marine applications and can hit targets remotely. These guns are equipped with CCD camera, thermal-imager and laser rangefinder. This is the reason why these guns can be used both in day and night. According to OFB, modern assembly line and testing facilities have been installed at Ordnance Factory Trichy for indigenous manufacturing of these SRCG guns. These machine-guns will be manufactured in a phased manner.
Let us inform that the government has approved the corporatization of OFB. In protest, OFB has threatened to go on a trade-union strike. In this regard, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh also held a meeting with three employees (civil-defense) organizations of OFB in the capital Delhi. In this meeting, the Defense Minister assured the trade union representatives that after corporatisation, the government will have 100% participation in OFB and the interests of all employees will be taken care of.
The government believes that corporatization is being done to improve the functioning of OFB. The Defense Minister also assured that even if there is any complaint in future by the employees’ organizations, then the Empowered Group of Ministers formed by the government will definitely look into it.
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