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The In­dian De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) has eval­u­ated an ar­ma­ment sys­tem for an ad­vanced towed ar­tillery gun sys­tem (ATAGS) at Bala­sore, in the state of Odisha.A test-fir­ing was car­ried out dur­ing re­cent tech­ni­cal tri­als con­ducted at Proof & Ex­per­i­men­tal Es­tab­lish­ment (PXE).The ATAGS project forms part of the In­dian Army’s ar­tillery mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gramme.The ar­ma­ment sys­tem pro­vides ac­cu­racy up to a range of 40 km, and is equipped with a bar­rel, breech and re­coil mech­a­nisms, and a muz­zle brake.

The 155mm, 52-cal­i­bre ATAGS is con­fig­ured with elec­tric drive to en­sure main­te­nance-free and re­li­able op­er­a­tion over a longer pe­riod of time, DRDO said in a state­ment. It will of­fer high mo­bil­ity, quick de­ploy­a­bil­ity, an aux­il­iary power mode, ad­vanced com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and au­to­matic com­mand and con­trol sys­tems. The towed ar­tillery gun also pro­vides night-fir­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties in direct fire mode. DRDO aims to have the first fully in­te­grated sys­tem ready for user tri­als by early 2017. The gun is be­ing de­vel­oped with par­tic­i­pa­tion of Bharat Forge, Tata Power Strate­gic En­gi­neer­ing Di­vi­sion and Mahin­dra De­fence Naval Sys­tem to meet the In­dian Army re­quire­ments, under the ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive. ATAGS’s de­sign and de­vel­op­ment will be car­ried out by DRDO’s Ar­ma­ment Re­search & De­vel­op­ment Es­tab-

lish­ment (ARDE) in Pune along with other DRDO lab­o­ra­to­ries in the coun­try.

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