Hari Mohan on Sunday took charge as Chairman, Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) from Saurabh Kumar who superannuated from the service. A 1982-batch Indian Ordnance Factories' Service (I.O.F.S.) officer with Post Graduate Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mohan had been a topper of University of Allahabad & University of Pune while obtaining his Bachelor & Masters in Mechanical Engineering. He holds an M. Phil in Public Administration.
In a career spanning 39 years, Hari Mohan has contributed significantly in various positions in Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) Hardwar, Vehicle Factory Jabalpur, Engine Factory Avadi, Heavy Vehicle Factory Avadi, Ammunition Factory Khadki, Ordnance Factory Bolangir, Ordnance Factory Chanda, Ordnance Factory Dehu Road, OFB New Delhi Office and Ministry of Steel & Mines.
The I.O.F.S. officer has a versatile experience in the field of manufacture of armoured vehicles, artillery, tank and ammunition, small arms ammunition, projects management and corporate governance, among other areas.
He has made significant contributions in improving the production of armoured fighting vehicles like Ajeya tanks, Arjun main battle tank(MBT), 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 Ministry of Steel & Mines.
Hari Mohan has held various senior positions as General Manager, Dehu Road (Pune, Senior General Manager, Heavy Vehicles Factory, Avadi (HVF, Chennai). He was also awarded the 'Ayudh Ratna' award in 2018 for his services at the HVF. Before taking over as DGOF and Chairman, he was holding charge as Member of the OFB and was in charge of the Weapons, Vehicles and Equipment (WV&E) division of the OFB.
He takes over reins of the OFB, which has more than 40 factories all over the country, at a time when the armed forces need modern and state of the art weapons. His main challenge will be to deliver these weapons without delay and cost overruns besides maintaining the pace of modernization of the OFB.
The Indian Ordnance Factories organisation possesses the unique distinction of over 200 years experience in defence production. The OFB is engaged in production, testing, logistics, research, development and marketing of a comprehensive product range in the area of land, sea and air systems.