Hari Mohan, an armoured vehicles expert, is India Ordnance Factory Board chairman

New Delhi: Hari Mohan, an ordnance factory service officer with vast experience in armoured vehicles manufacturing, has taken over as Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) chairman and director general on Dec 1.

Photo: OFB chairman Hari Mohan

He has succeeded Saurabh Kumar, who superannuated from the services. Hari Mohan is a 1982-batch Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS) officer with a post graduate degree in mechanical engineering.

The officer has worked throughout his 39-year career in the OFB in the field of manufacturing armoured infantry vehicles, artillery, battle tanks, small arms and ammunition, and has shown versatile inclination towards projects management and corporate governance, among other areas, according to a Ministry of Defence statement today.

Hari Mohan had been a topper of University of Allahabad and University of Pune while obtaining his Bachelor and Masters in Mechanical Engineering. He holds an Master of Philosophy in Public Administration.

He has contributed significantly in various positions at Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) at Haridwar, Vehicle Factory at Jabalpur, Engine Factory and Heavy Vehicles Factory at Avadi, Ammunition Factory at Khadki, and Ordnance Factories at Bolangir, Chanda, and Dehu Road, apart from OFB New Delhi Office and Ministry of Steel and Ministry of Mines.

He has made significant contributions in improving the production of Armoured Fighting Vehicles like Ajeya Tanks, MBT Arjun, Bridge Layer and Trawls Tanks. He has also made significant contribution to the modernisation of steel plants of the Steel Authority of India limited (SAIL) during his tenure in ministries of Steel and Mines.

Hari Mohan has held various senior positions such as General Manager at Dehu Road in Pune, Senior General Manager at Heavy Vehicles Factory at Avadi (HVF, Chennai). He was also awarded the ‘Ayudh Ratna’ award in 2018 for his services at the HVF.

Before taking over as Director General of Ordnance Factories and OFB Chairman, he was holding charge as Member of the OFB and was in charge of the Weapons, Vehicles and Equipment (WV&E) division.

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