JAIPUR {ChhotiKashi Dot Page} Lt Gen Alok Kler Army Commander Sapta Shakti Command visited  Heavy Vehicle Factory (HVF) Avadi near Chennai in Tamil Nadu to review the ongoing  assembly, overhauling and repair  of Armoured vehicles. The extensive visit also included in it's itinerary, EF (Engine Factory) & CVRDE (Combat Vehicle Research & Development Establishment) at Avadi, wherein he was briefed in detail by General Managers of all three establishments about the ongoing activities.
During the visit, General Kler, who is  also the senior most officer of the  Armoured Corps  underscored the need to ensure high  mission reliability of the major component assemblies as also the 'A' vehicle itself, that are produced /overhauled at the Heavy Vehicle industrial complex. He emphasised, that high mission reliability coupled with time bound delivery of tanks and other 'A' vehicles, contributed directly to enhance Operational Readiness of the field army. During the visit, the Army Commander appreciated the ongoing efforts towards enhancing indigenous production of spare components. HVF, was setup in 1961 by Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) to manufacture heavy battlefield equipment under license production. Currently the HVF manufactures MBT (Main Battle Tank) Arjun as also T-90 Tank.

-Col Sombit Ghosh
PRO Defence Rajasthan