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Rourkela Steel Plant, a wing of Steel Authority of India Limited, marks a significant stride by dispatching the inaugural consignment of 4mm Jackal Plates to Vehicle Factory Jabalpur. These specially treated plates, totaling 34.648 metric tons, are earmarked for the production of Anti Mine protective vehicles for the armed forces. The plates, subjected to a meticulous heat-making process, reflect SAIL's commitment to national defense. Special Plate Plant (SPP) at RSP, with a legacy dating back to 1969, stands as a crucial contributor to India's defense capabilities, epitomizing the spirit of 'Make in India.'


In a noteworthy development, Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP), a pivotal arm of the state-run Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), has achieved a milestone by dispatching the inaugural consignment of specially treated 4mm Jackal Plates. The plates, totaling 35 metric tons, were sent to the Vehicle Factory Jabalpur, a significant step in fortifying the nation's armed forces.

The ceremonial flag-off of this crucial consignment took place at the Special Plate Plant (SPP) of SAIL, Rourkela Steel Plant. Kartikeya Behera, Chief General Manager (SPP & NPM), led the event, with Dr. Prasanta Kumar Padhi, General Manager In-charge (SPP), and Prabir Kumar Behera, General Manager (SPP), alongside other senior officers from SPP, PPC, and Marketing Departments of RSP in attendance.

The 4mm Jackal Plates are earmarked for the manufacturing of Anti Mine protective vehicles, a vital component in the arsenal of the armed forces. The consignment includes both high-strength 4mm Jackal Plates and Spade materials, totaling 35 metric tons.

An interesting facet of this achievement lies in the intricate processing these plates undergo. After initial heat treatment at Durgapur Steel Plant and rolling at Salem Steel Plant, the plates undergo final heat treatment at the Special Plate Plant of RSP, ensuring the highest quality and adherence to stringent standards.

The Special Plate Plant (SPP), commissioned in 1969, boasts a robust legacy of contributing to India's defense and Navy requirements. Guided by the Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), Hyderabad, SPP has successfully developed Naval Grade Plates, including DMR-249A, DMR-249B, and DMR 301 grade plates, meeting the exacting demands of defense applications.

SPP's commitment extends beyond existing achievements. The plant is actively engaged in developing more import-substitute plates as part of the 'Make in India' mission, aligning with the broader vision of bolstering domestic capabilities and reducing dependence on external sources.


Rourkela Steel Plant's dispatch of the first consignment of specially treated plates marks a significant stride in reinforcing India's defense capabilities. This contribution to the production of Anti Mine protective vehicles underscores the pivotal role played by the steel industry in national security. With a legacy dating back to 1969, the Special Plate Plant stands as a beacon of 'Make in India' efforts, showcasing a commitment to self-sufficiency and innovation in defense production.

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