India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has pressed the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) into making assorted medical supplies and equipment to battle the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Officials told Jane’s that the DRDO has already begun producing hand-sanitising liquid and other disinfectants at its laboratories, while the OFB has launched a pilot project to make personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical personnel.
The OFB will eventually manufacture this equipment at some of its 41 units across India, once the first batch meets the mandated medical standards, officials said.
Meanwhile, the DRDO is in consultations with private-sector manufacturers to make badly-needed ventilators, as India struggles to enforce the biggest-ever lockdown of its population of 1.3 billion until 14 April in order to contain the spread of the virus.
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