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Fighting coronavirus crisis: Defence public sector firms divert production

Even 26 naval sailors have been identified as patients with coronavirus disease (Kovid-19), the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), eight Defense Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), and the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) ) Of 41 factories have started contributing. The fight against the global epidemic.

During the war, these Ministry of Defense organizations provide “increased capability” for the requirements of weapons, ammunition and defense equipment. Currently, he has focused on managing the Kovid-19 crisis.

Bengaluru-based Bharat Electronic Limited (BEL) has started manufacturing 30,000 ventilators for intensive care units across the country. The order placed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare needs to be supplied within two months.



The ventilators are designed by DRDO and improved by Scanray, a Mysore-based private firm with which BEL is collaborating.

According to BEL, it will manufacture 5,000 ventilators in April, 10,000 in May and 15,000 in June. With DRDO, BEL is trying to indigenize more and more ventilator components.

Meanwhile, Hyderabad-based Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) is also developing a ventilator prototype in collaboration with a private start-up in Pune. The Ministry of Defense expects BDL to test and certify the prototype by the first week of May, after which mass construction will begin.

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The Bangalore-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has produced more than 300 aerosol boxes, which act as an insulator between patients and doctors to prevent the transmission of the virus. These have been distributed to government hospitals in Bengaluru, Mysore, Mumbai, Pune, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. HAL has also set up an isolation ward facility for 93 persons in a 30-room building.

Meanwhile, the OFB has begun manufacturing 110,000 protective shields for health care workers who must conform to ISO class 3 risk standards – a measure of the degree of virus contamination. This initial order by HLL Lifecare Limited (HLL) – a centrally appointed Kodid-19 government-appointed nodal agency for procurement – is required to be completed in 40 days. A cluster of five OFs in Kanpur, Shahjahanpur, Firozabad, and Chennai is currently producing 800 coveralls per day, but OFB is producing up to 1,500 per day.

OFL has also started production of medical sanitizer fluid to fulfill an order of HLL. OFB says that so far OFB has manufactured 60,230 liter sanitizer, which has been distributed to units of HLL.

OFB has also started manufacturing three-ply medical masks. It has already distributed 1,11,405 masks to various government agencies. OFB has also manufactured 5,870 personal protective equipment kits (PPE).

OFS has also started supplying special two-meter tents made of waterproof cloth, mild steel and aluminum alloys for use in medical screening, hospital triage. And as quarantine shelters. Some 420 tents of various types including Odisha State Medical Corporation, Government of Arunachal Pradesh and Punjab Police, Chandigarh have already been distributed to various respondents.


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Meanwhile, DRDO chief Satish Reddy says his organization is developing 15-20 products to help manage the Kovid-19 epidemic.

Two DRDO laboratories in Delhi have announced the development of a high-tech “ultraviolet sanitization box and hand device.” It uses ultraviolet light with a shorter, more energetic wavelength of 254 nanometers to warp the genetic material in the Kovid-19 virus and prevent it from making copies of itself. Killing microbes with ultraviolet light is an environmentally friendly and contact-free sanitisation method that protects against the harmful effects of chemical dissolution.

Another Delhi-based DRDO laboratory dealing with the suppression of explosive fires has used its expertise in mist technology to develop a mist and sanitizer unit. The sanitizer unit is activated through an ultrasonic sensor, and sprays the alcohol-based hand rub solution with no contact and minimal wastage. The DRDO states, “The unit can be used for hand sanitation to enter and exit hospitals, malls, office buildings, residential buildings, airports, metro stations, railway stations, and important establishments.”


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