DRDO success in Advanced Artillery Gun System
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.