Every year, on 18th march, India celebrates “Ordnance Factories’ Day” to display the production of India’s oldest Ordnance Factory, started on the 18th march 1802 at Cossipore of Kolkata.
OFB is the 37th largest defence equipment manufacturer in the world, 2nd largest in Asia, and the largest in India. That’s why OFB is referred to as the “Fourth Arm of Defence” and the “Force Behind the Armed Forces” of India.
It was founded in 1775 and its Headquarters is in Ayudh Bhawan, Kolkata, consisting of 41 Ordnance Factories, 9 Training Institutes, 3 Regional Marketing Centres and 5 Regional Controllerates of Safety, which is spread all over India.
OFB is functioning under the Department of Defence Production of the Ministry of Defence and Dr. C. S. Viswakarma is the Director General and Chairman of OFB.
It supplies products to all three Indian Armed Forces. ie the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air force.
Arms and Ammunition, Weapon Spares, Chemicals & Explosives, Parachutes, Leather and Clothing items are being exported to more than 30 countries worldwide.