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Genesis & Growth


In 1974 DRDO and Ordnance Factories for the first time started production of Tear Smoke Munitions (TSMs) in India. In 1976 bench scale technology of four types of Munitions were transferred to TSU and the unit was formally established at Tekanpur on 12-05-1976 as a project of the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Plant was set up in collaboration with Director General, Ordnance Factories (DGOF) based on technology developed by DRDO. Till then, Police forces in India were dependent on imported TSMs for riot control. Besides, being a drain on foreign exchange, there were other obvious disadvantages.


The Unit started with the production of four types of TSMs and presently has expertise in manufacturing 60 types of munitions. Backed by strong quality processes and rich experience of managing clients across the world, TSU align production strategies to meet customer requirements. From simple changes in process to innovative solutions, the unit help customers harness the power of Less Lethal Munitions to achieve excellency, customer satisfaction and sustainability. The products developed by the Unit have esteemed positions in the Catalogue of Jane's Police and Security equipment manuals'.

Tear Smoke Unit envision to be a global leader in Production of State of the Art less lethal Munitions through sustainable growth, knowledge excellence and exemplary governance practices. Underpinning this vision is a performance culture committed to aspiration targets, safety and social responsibility, continuous improvement, openness and transparency.


To fill up the huge gap between demand and supply, TSU has decided to enhance its production capacity to 8 times through capital infusion and process automation.


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