Defence Minister hands over High Power Multi-Fuel Engines to Indian Army
Defence Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman on July 28, 2018 handed over two types of indigenized multi-fuel engines to power Main Battle Tanks to Vice Chief of Army Staff. These engines being manufactured by Engine Factory Avadi (EFA), a unit of Ordnance Factory Board, Dept. of Defence Production have been fully indigenized for the first time under "Make in India" Program.
The first engine of 1000 HP engine, named "V92S2 engine" powers T-90 Bhisma Tank and the second engine named "V-46-6 engine" powers T-72 Ajeya Tank and its variants. Though these engines are manufactured based on Russian design, India was depending on Russia for certain critical assemblies like Turbo Charger, Super Charger, Fuel Injection Pumps etc., EFA has taken unceasing efforts for manufacturing those critical assemblies under "Make in India" program and has now emerged successful in their seamless efforts. EFA will be manufacturing these two engines with 100 % Indian made parts.
As recognition of the efforts taken by EFA, the Defence Minister along with Dr Ajay Kumar, Secretary (Defence Production), Lt Gen Devaraj Anbu, VCOAS and Lt Gen MJS Kahlon, DGMF visited the factory. Defence Minister acquainted herself about the world class manufacturing facilities for high power multi-fuel engines for Armoured Vehicles and applauded the capabilities of EFA.
At the end of the visit, a handing over ceremony was held during which the Minister handed over indigenously manufactured engines for T-90 tank and T-72 tank to VCOAS. Shri PK Shrivastava, DGOF & Chairman, OFB and Shri CS Vishwakarma, Addl DGOF were also present during the function. Shri Anil Kumar, GM, EFA assured that EFA will also complete full indigenization of the another engine named "UTD-20 engine" for Sarath in this fiscal year.
Indigenization efforts taken by EFA, not only results into the savings to the exchequer to the tune of Rs 33.00 lakhs for one T-90 engine and Rs 9.75 lakhs for one T-72 engine, but also exhibits self-reliance of OFB in manufacturing these engines in India without any import support.
EFA has manufactured more than 12,000 engines since its inception in 1987 for Indian Army and has established a production capacity of more than 800 engines per annum. During 2018-19, EFA is geared up to cross 800 engines mark for armoured vehicles.
EFA has also undertaken R&D project for upgradation of 300 HP engine for BMP, Design & Development of New power pack for 650 HP for FICV and to upgrade the existing 1000 HP T-90 engine.
In 2017, the factory received Golden Peacock HR Excellence Award and National Energy Conservation Award 2017.
- PRO Chennai