Defence authorities in the US advocate faster and more flexible FMS processes and enhanced collaboration between the services and agencies involved in the programme.
India disbands unwieldy OFB
India’s MoD dissolved all 41 Ordnance Factories Board (OFB) entities on 1 October, transferring employees, management, control, operations and maintenance to seven new wholly-owned government companies.
The majority of the OFB’s 76,000 employees declared it a ‘black day’, but it yielded little response from the government. According to documents viewed by Shephard, the seven new companies were formed in mid-August.
The OFB currently has an order book worth around $10 billion, and these have been renegotiated as contracts with the new companies.
As the economy limps back to pre-COVID times, the timing of the decision is perfect for India …
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Following a successful first phase of the Guardian DX contract, the US Navy has extended the testing of the platform.