Vehicle Factory Jabalpur

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Vehicle Factory Jabalpur
Type Government
Industry Defence
Founded Jabalpur, India (1969)
Headquarters Kolkata, India
Key people T. T. S. Kripavenkatesan, IOFS
(General Manager)
Products Military vehicles
Employees ~6000
Parent Ordnance Factories Board
Website www.vfj.nic.in

Vehicle Factory Jabalpur (VFJ) (Hindi: वाहन निर्माणी जबलपुर), is a military motor vehicle manufacturing company located in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India, functioning under the aegis of Ordnance Factories Board controlled by the Ministry of Defence, Government of India. [1] The company 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.[2] VFJ is the sole supplier of B vehicles to the Indian Army.

History[edit]

The production of Shaktiman trucks, Jonga Light Utility Vehicles and Vahan 1 ton began at the Gun Carriage Factory Jabalpur in 1959.[3] 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.[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[edit]

VFJ 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.

Past Products and their variants
Matang was completely developed and manufactured by VFJ. 
Petrol Jonga was manufactured by VFJ until 1999. 
Jonga Re-Engineered with a Diesel engine was introduced in 1999. 
India's first 3-way tipper was built on the Shaktiman platform. 
Field Artillery Tractor on Shaktiman's chassis. 
Shaktiman's production was stopped in 1997. 
Vahan 1 Ton 
Flyer ITV was manufactured in collaboration with Marvin Group, USA, but could be productionised. 
Present Products and their variants
5000 Litres Water Bowser on Stallion 
2000 Litres Water Bowser on LPTA 
Kitchen Container on Stallion 
Light Recovery Vehicle on Stallion 
Field Ambulance on LPTA 
Caravan for Army 
LPTA 713, now being replaced by LPTA 715 
Stallion Mark I, now being replaced by Stallion Mark IV 

Technology[edit]

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[edit]

Since VFJ produces defence vehicles, its primary customers are Indian Armed Forces, 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[edit]

  1. ^ "Indian Ordnance Factories: Our Factories". Ofb.gov.in. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  2. ^ Indian Ordnance Factories: Vehicle Factory Jabalpur
  3. ^ http://ofbgcf.nic.in/achieve.html
  4. ^ "Indian Ordnance Factories: Vehicle Factory Jabalpur". Ofb.gov.in. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  5. ^ "Shaktiman (4 x 4) 4,000 kg truck (India) - Jane's Military Vehicles and Logistics". Jane's Information Group. 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  6. ^ "JONGA (4 x 4) 0.25 ton light vehicle (India), Light vehicles". Jane's Information Group. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  7. ^ "MYJONGA.COM". Abhilash Nambiar. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  8. ^ "Metro Plus Coimbatore / Wheels : Monster on the move". The Hindu. 2008-05-22. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  9. ^ Business Standard (2009-09-26). "Jabalpur auto parts makers facing tough times". Business-standard.com. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  10. ^ "Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D)". Bprd.nic.in. Retrieved 2012-08-06.