RAWALPINDI/WAH CANTT: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Shareef on Tuesday paid visit to Pakistan Ordinance Factory (POF) situated in Wahh cantt.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), this is the Army Chief’s second important visit to the Ordinance Factory.

He was briefed by Chairman POF Lieutenant General Umar Mahmood Hayat regarding the performance and the future plans of the industrial complex. COAS visited various areas of the factory and inaugurated the new ammunition plant of the factory.

While addressing the management staff of the factory, General Raheel stated that POF is the first ordinance factory in the country which has played a crucial role in uplifting the fighting capabilities of the Armed Forces of Pakistan.

He lauded the efforts of POF in fulfilling the ammunition requirement of the army during Operation Zarb-e-Azb further adding that buyers from other markets need to be attracted towards the excellent quality arms produced by the Factory.

COAS stressed upon the need of upgrading the arms’ technology and self-sufficiency in this regards.

Army Chief for further technological up-gradation of POF

Army Chief General Raheel Sharif has emphasized the need for further technological up-gradation of Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) to optimise the output, become fully self-reliant in the arms and ammunition and tap the export potential.

He said this during his visit to Pakistan Ordnance Factories, Wah on Tuesday.

The visit was aimed at seeing the progress of envisaged modernisation and capacity enhancement of POF. He was given detailed briefing by Chairman POF Wah Lieutenant General Omar Mahmood Hayat about performance of their Industrial complex and future expansion plans.

Inaugurating the new Ammunition Plant as part of the expansion plan, the Army Chief said POF is the premier defense industry of Pakistan making invaluable contributions to sustain combat worthiness of Pakistan Armed Forces.

He specially appreciated POF efforts to meet total requirement of arms and ammunition for ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb.

Noticing the increased interest of other countries, and the growing export potential due to the newly attained quality standards, he directed POF to explore newer markets. He desired a focus on increasing exports and bring the much needed foreign exchange for the country.