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

Vehicle Factory Jabalpur (VFJ) (Hindi: वाहन निर्माणी जबलपुर), is a military motor vehicle manufacturing factory 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.

HistoryEdit

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]

ProductsEdit

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.

  • 5/7.5 Ton Stallion Mk-IV BS-III
  • 2.5 Ton LPTA 715 BS-III
  • Water Bowser 2 KL on LPTA
  • Water Bowser 5 KL on Stallion
  • Kitchen Container on Stallion
  • Field Ambulance on LPTA
  • Light Recovery Vehicle (LRV)
  • Field Artillery Tractor (FAT)
  • Yuktirath - Light Armoured Recovery Vehicle

  • 5 KL Fuel Tanker on Stallion
  • 2 KL Fuel Tanker on LPTA
  • Battery Command Post (BCP)
  • Mobile AC Generators
  • Operation Theatre on wheels
  • Mobile Decontamination Unit
  • Tipper on Stallion
  • Tipper on LPTA
  • Aditya - India's first Mine Protected Vehicle

  • Matang
  • Trishul
  • Flyer ITV
  • Caravan
  • Drill Rig
  • Humsafar Buses (Long & Medium)
  • Fire fighting variants of Stallion and LPTA
  • Bullet-proofing of 407, LPTA, Gypsy, Ambassador

Past ProductsEdit

Present Products and their variantsEdit

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.

ReferencesEdit

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