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Vehicle Factory Jabalpur
Type Government
Industry Defence
Founded Jabalpur, India (1969)
Headquarters Kolkata, India
Key people T. T. S. Krupavenkatesan (General Manager)
Products General staff vehicles, Logistics vehicles, Bullet-proof vehicles, Mine protected vehicles, Water bowsers, Fuel tankers, Field ambulances, Tippers, Battery command posts, Mobile generator sets, Light recovery vehicles, Field artillery tractors, Kitchen containers
Employees ~6000
Parent Ordnance Factories Board
Website Official Website

Vehicle Factory Jabalpur (VFJ) is a military motor vehicle manufacturing company located in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India functioning under the aegis of Ordnance Factories Board[1] controlled by the Ministry of Defence, Government of India. It has been established by the Government of India to cater the transport needs of the Indian Armed Forces, it manufactures and assembles general staff vehicles, logistics vehicles, light armoured vehicles like bullet-proof vehicles, mine protected vehicles and specialist role vehicles such as water bowsers, fuel tankers, field ambulances, tippers, battery command posts, generator sets, light recovery vehicles, field artillery tractors, kitchen containers etc. It also has some variants for civilian applications. The production of Shaktiman trucks, Jonga Light Utility Vehicles (LUV) and Vahan 1 ton began at the Gun Carriage Factory Jabalpur in 1959.[2] Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India was present to witness rolling of the first batch of vehicles at GCF. It was shifted to the present location in 1969.[3] The factory is headed only by an IOFS officer called General Manager (ex officio, Additional Secretary to Government of India) who is the Chief Executive Officer responsible for the overall management of the company and is the main judicial authority.[4]

It started manufacturing Shaktiman trucks with license from MAN SE of Germany[5] along with Jonga[6][7] and Vahan 1 ton under license from Nissan of Japan.[8] All three of the above products have been retired and replaced by the new products.[9]

Products[]

  • 5/7.5 Ton Stallion Mk-III BS-II
  • 2.5 Ton LPTA 713/32 TC BS-II
  • Water Bowser 2 KL on LPTA
  • Water Bowser 5 KL on Stallion
  • Kitchen Container on Stallion
  • Field Ambulance on Stallion
  • Light Recovery Vehicle (LRV)
  • Field Artillery Tractor (FAT)

  • 5 KL Fuel Tanker on Stallion
  • 2 KL Fuel Tanker on LPTA
  • Battery Command Post (BCP)
  • Mobile AC Generators
  • Operation Theatre on wheels
  • Mobile Decontamination Unit
  • Tipper on Stallion
  • Tipper on LPTA

  • Matang
  • Trishul
  • Caravan
  • Drill Rig
  • Humsafar Buses (Long & Medium)
  • Fire fighting variants of Stallion and LPTA
  • Bullet-proofing of Gypsy, 407, Ambassador
  • Yuktirath - Mine Protected Vehicle

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Technology[]

Vehicle Factory Jabalpur has an R&D centre responsible for development of future vehicles and related technologies. It has tie-ups with Ashok Leyland and Tata Motors. Its research partner is Vehicle Research & Development Establishment of Defence Research and Development Organisation.

Customers[]

Since VFJ produces defence vehicles, its primary customers are Indian Army, Central Armed Police Forces,[10] State Armed Police Forces, Paramilitary forces of India and Special Forces of India which have land based operations. It also supplies vehicles to civilians, government and private organisations.

References[]

  1. "Indian Ordnance Factories: Our Factories". Ofb.gov.in. http://ofb.gov.in/index.php?wh=ourunits&lang=en. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  2. http://ofbgcf.nic.in/achieve.html
  3. "Indian Ordnance Factories: Vehicle Factory Jabalpur". Ofb.gov.in. http://ofb.gov.in/units/index.php?unit=vfj&page=about&lang=en. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  4. Indian Ordnance Factories: Vehicle Factory Jabalpur
  5. "Shaktiman (4 x 4) 4,000 kg truck (India) - Jane's Military Vehicles and Logistics". Jane's Information Group. 2012-03-19. http://articles.janes.com/articles/Janes-Military-Vehicles-and-Logistics/Shaktiman-4-x-4-4-000-kg-truck-India.html. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  6. "JONGA (4 x 4) 0.25 ton light vehicle (India), Light vehicles". Jane's Information Group. http://articles.janes.com/articles/Janes-Military-Vehicles-and-Logistics/JONGA-4-x-4-0-25-ton-light-vehicle-India.html. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  7. "MYJONGA.COM". Abhilash Nambiar. http://myjonga.com/news.html. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  8. "Metro Plus Coimbatore / Wheels : Monster on the move". The Hindu. 2008-05-22. http://www.hindu.com/mp/2008/05/22/stories/2008052250330300.htm. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  9. Business Standard (2009-09-26). "Jabalpur auto parts makers facing tough times". Business-standard.com. http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/jabalpur-auto-parts-makers-facing-tough-times/371305/. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  10. "Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D)". Bprd.nic.in. http://bprd.nic.in/index3.asp?sslid=390&subsublinkid=125&lang=1. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 

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