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CAG points out significant delay in parachute orders by ordnance factories

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The (CAG) has pointed out that there were significant delay for nine parachute items for the armed forces by the ordnance factory in and deficiencies of these items to the extent of 33 to 100 per cent.

The (OPF) manufactures various parachutes for the armed forces. Users' requirement of parachutes is of significant importance because of their strategic use in man carrying, supply drop, emergency escape of pilots from aircraft, for aborted take-off and to reduce landing run length of aircraft.

The audit was conducted at the OPF and (OFB) for 2012-13 to 2016-17 on production of 11 selected parachutes for the Indian and (IAF) to ascertain whether OFB supplied quality parachutes to the users in time and as per their requirements.

The audit found that there were deficiencies in production planning like delays in holding target fixation meetings, non-identification of item-wise production capacity and production constraints/capacity shortage not highlighted in the meetings for fixing realistic targets.

The targets were routinely revised downwards mid-year due to OPF's "inability" to meet the target because of non-availability of and scarcity of vendors, the report said.

"Out of 49 instances analysed, OPF achieved production target only in five instances during 2012-13 to 2016-17. The shortfall occurred mainly due to delayed procurement and receipt of input materials, limited vendor base and delay in resolving drawing/specification issues.

"As a result, there were significant outstanding orders for nine parachute items as of March/April, 2017. The users' also had deficiencies of seven parachute items to the extent of 33 to 100 per cent," the report observed.

Bulk production of two types of Heavy Drop (HD) parachutes, developed by the and Development Organisation (DRDO) in 2000 and 2009 for the and Navy could not be commenced due to the delayed receipt of drawing specification, delayed supply of pilot lot by OPF for validation trial and production constraints at sister factory for HD platform system, the report said.

The Army's requirement of combat free-fall parachute, developed by the DRDO in 2006, was not fulfilled due to "life threatening defects" observed by the in validation trials and non-resolving the quality problems the by OPF and the DRDO, it observed.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 21:55 IST