The Ordance Factories Organisation is the largest and oldest departmentally run production organisation in the country and is primarily engaged in the manufacture of Defence Hardware for the Armed Forces. The Ordance Factories was established with a mandate to ensure self-reliance in manufacturing of Defence hardware for the Armed Forces. The Ordance Factories Organization is a fine blend of old and state-of-the-art factories. The first Ordinance Factory was established in 1801 at Cossipore, near Kolkata. There are 39 Ordance Factories, geographically distributed all over the country at 24 locations. Ordance Factories, nalanda and Ordance Factory, Korwa are in project stage.