On August 11, 2020, the first consignment of 40 mm Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) was handed over to Border Security Force (BSF) which is designed and manufactured indigenously by the Ammunition Factory Khadki (AFK) in Pune, Maharashtra on the lines of the “Atmanirbhar Bharat” (self-reliant India). This ammunition is used to be imported by the Army and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) units.
- The consignment was flagged off by Hari Mohan, Chairman, Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), and Manoj Kumar Mohapatra, Senior General Manager (GM), AFK, Pune in the presence of Senior Officers of OFB, AFK and Members of Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM), Works Committee and Unions and Associations.
Key Features of 40 mm UBGL:
-This ammunition is fired from a launcher fitted under the barrel of a 5.56 mm Rifle INSAS (Indian Small Arms System).
-There are four varieties of this ammunition:
- 40 mm UBGL (Practice)
- 40 mm UBGL (HEAP)
- 40 mm UBGL (HEDP)
- 40 mm UBGL (RP)
-The 40 mm UBGL ammunition is light weight and has a range of 400 meters as compared with only 30 meters of the traditional hand grenade and is also very safe ammunition for carrying by Soldiers.
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About Ordnance Factory Board (OFB):
Ordnance Factories is the oldest and largest industrial setup under the Department of Defence Production (DPP) of the Ministry of Defence (MoD). There are 41 Ordnance Factories under the aegis of its corporate headquarters in Kolkata, West Bengal.