The Ordnance Factories Day is celebrated every year on 18th March across India to mark the foundation of the first ordnance factory at Cossipore, Kolkata in India.
The Ordnance Factories Day also marks the first production that was commenced on 18th March 1802, from the first Ordnance Factory of India, situated at Cossipore, Kolkata.
The Ordnance Factories Day is celebrated in all Indian Ordnance Factory, Field Gun Factory, Small Arms Factory, Ordnance Parachute Factory, and Ordnance Equipment Factory to acknowledge the importance of the day.
On the Ordnance Factories Day, all the employees including officers, staff members, union & federations etc take part in parade, seminars and various organized events.
The Ordnance Factories Day is celebrated by displaying the rifles, guns, artillery, ammunition..etc in exhibitions all over India which is open for public visit.
The Ordnance Factories Day celebrations begin with a parade beside the exhibition also displays photographs of several mountaineering expeditions.
Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) was founded in 1775 and its Headquarters is in Ayudh Bhawan, Kolkata. It is the oldest industrial organization run by the Government of India.
OFB is the world’s largest government operated production organization. It consists of 41 Ordnance Factories, 9 Training Institutes, 3 Regional Marketing Centres and 4 Regional Controllerates of Safety, which is spread all over India.
OFB is referred to as the “Fourth Arm of Defence” and the “Force Behind the Armed Forces” of India. It functions under the Department of Defence Production of Ministry of Defence.
The Indian Ordnance Factories supplies products to all three Indian Armed Forces. ie the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air force. The Arms and Ammunition, Weapon Spares, Chemicals & Explosives, Parachutes, Leather and Clothing items are being exported to more than 30 countries worldwide.