Faulty ammunition for the Indian Army is a national security issue, says former Army General

Poor quality ammunition coming out of the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board has caused a flutter in the Indian Army. Quality Assurance of ammunition and military wherewithal is a national security issue, says former Army General.

Recalling a major tragedy that happened due to poor quality ammunition, Lt Gen Rakesh Sharma (retd) told Financial Express Online that “The problem of defective ammunition is severe and often gets swept under the carpet. One can recall the 31 May 2016 accident at Central Ammunition Depot (CAD) Pulgaon which caused the death of 19 civilian and military personnel.”

“This was laid on a major flaw in anti-tank mines with poor quality of explosive. There is a very large quantity of ammunition lying segregated in various ammunition depots and dumps which requires certification of its quality. It is a grave risk,” he points out. Read More

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