india defence history

Source: defence india

First Gun Foundry

A Factory, later called the Gun Shell Factory, was set up at Cossipore, North Kolkata in 1881.

First Ordnance Factory

Board of Ordnance Factories was formed in April 1775.

First Rifle Factory

A rifle factory was established at Ichhapore, West Bengal in 1905. This was shifted to Kanpur in 1949 and called the Small Arms Factory. The first weapons from the production line was .303 Bren Gun used during the Second World War.

First Artillery Unit

On Jan, 15, 1935, 'A' Field Brigade (now 1 Field Regiment SP) comprising four batteries of horse-drawn guns, was raised at Bangalore, marking the official birth of the Regiment of Artillery.


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