Sail Steel at the Heart of Indigenous Artillery Gunby Opinion Express April 11, 2019 0 comments
Sail supplied special quality forging steel from its Durgapur based alloy plants which went into the development of one home grown, state-of-the-art gun —Dhanush. The Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) has supplied steel for India’s first indigenous and biggest artillery gun — ‘Dhanush’, which has been inducted into the Indian Army recently. With this, SAIL has once again established its commitment to fulfill the country’s every requirement to strengthen India’s defence systems.
SAIL’s special alloy steel, produced by SAIL-Alloy Steels Plant based at Durgapur, has been used for making this artillery gun. ‘Dhanush’ has been indigenously designed and developed by the Gun Factory in Jabalpur where it was handed over to the Indian Army.
The organisation, which is in its 60th year of production, has contributed in creating a strong foundation for modern India and at the same time meeting every requirement of special quality steel for Indian defence. SAIL steel has been used in the country’s various defence programs including the INS Vikrant, INS Kiltan, INS Kamorta, MBT Arju and so on.
The company’s Rourkela Steel Plant has also been supplying special grade steel to Jabalpur’s Gun Factory to meet its various technical requirements related to development and repair.
SAIL chairman, Anil Kumar Chaudhary said, “It is matter of great pride for us that SAIL steel is being used in India’s various defence programs along with being used for building the country’s infrastructure. The company is ready to meet and supply special grade steels for technical requirement of the country’s defence programs.”
In the financial year 2018-19, SAIL produced 16.3 Million Tonnes (MT) crude steel in FY19, registering a growth of eight per cent over the corresponding period last year and clocking the best ever saleable steel production during the year. The production from new mills of the company’s plants recorded a marked improvement in FY19, giving an enriched product basket. The total steel despatch from SAIL was the highest ever at 14.86 MT during FY19 due to a dedicated logistics setup created by the organisation.
It is important to note that the FY19 ended with a robust performance during Q4 with a growth of 10 per cent, 8 per cent, 14 per cent and 13 per cent in respect of production of hot metal, crude steel, saleable steel and sales respectively. Also, SAIL had the highest ever production of 9.85 lakh tonnes of UTS 90 Rail. The production of Rails got momentum in the second half of FY19 with around 5.66 lakh tonnes of production and 35 per cent higher than the H1 figure. In line with this improved performance, the company has managed to improve its turnover by 16 per cent which now stands at Rs 66,100 crore.
However, he feels that the challenge for the next year is much higher with a plan of 21 per cent increase in production of crude steel and similar growth in sales to catch on with the fast growing domestic steel consumption backed by an increased demand from infrastructure and construction segments.
Writer & Courtesy: The Pioneer