DRDO suc­cess in Ad­vanced Ar­tillery Gun Sys­tem

SP's MAI - - MILITARY UPDATES -

The De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) achieved yet an­other tech­no­log­i­cal break­through by suc­cess­fully con­duct­ing the proof fir­ing of ar­ma­ment sys­tem for 155mm x 52-cal­i­bre Ad­vanced Towed Ar­tillery Gun Sys­tem (ATAGS) dur­ing the tech­ni­cal tri­als con­ducted re­cently at Proof & Ex­per­i­men­tal Es­tab­lish­ment (PXE), Bala­sore.

ATAGS is fully indige­nous towed ar­tillery gun sys­tem project un­der­taken in mis­sion mode by DRDO as a part of ar­tillery mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gramme of the In­dian Army. The Ar­ma­ment Re­search & De­vel­op­ment Es­tab­lish­ment (ARDE), Pune, is the nodal lab­o­ra­tory of DRDO for de­sign & de­vel­op­ment of ATAGS along with other DRDO lab­o­ra­to­ries. The ar­ma­ment sys­tem of ATAGS mainly com­prise bar­rel, breech mech­a­nism, muz­zle brake and re­coil mech­a­nism to fire 155mm x 52-cal­i­bre am­mu­ni­tions held by the In­dian Army with a longer range, ac­cu­racy and pre­ci­sion and pro­vides greater fire­power.

ATAGS is con­fig­ured with all elec­tric drive to en­sure main­te­nance free and re­li­able op­er­a­tion over a longer pe­riod of time. It will have a fir­ing range of 40 km with ad­vanced fea­tures in terms of high mo­bil­ity, quick de­ploy­a­bil­ity, aux­il­iary power mode, ad­vanced com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem, au­to­matic com­mand and con­trol sys­tem with night fir­ing ca­pa­bil­ity in di­rect fire mode.

DRDO is com­mit­ted to de­velop and field ATAGS in the short­est time frame with ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion by lead­ing in­dus­tries to meet the re­quire­ment of the In­dian Army. The first fully in­te­grated gun sys­tem will be ready for user tri­als by early 2017.

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