The Indian Army has approved the procurement of 310 Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) designed and manufactured in India. The decision was made by the Army’s procurement board after extensive testing and evaluation of the gun system.
The ATAGS project was launched in 2013 as part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative, with the aim of developing a state-of-the-art artillery gun system that could match the best in the world. The project was jointly undertaken by the state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and private sector company Tata Power SED.
The ATAGS is a 155mm/52-calibre towed artillery gun system that is capable of firing a range of ammunition, including high-explosive, armour-piercing, and smart guided shells. It has a firing range of up to 40 km and can be operated in all types of terrains, including high altitude areas.
The gun system is equipped with advanced features such as an automated ammunition handling system, a computerised fire control system, and a GPS-based positioning system. It also has a high mobility factor, making it easy to deploy in any location.
The ATAGS has been developed with several cutting-edge technologies, including lightweight materials, digitisation, and robotics. It is the first artillery gun in the world to incorporate robotics in its design, which helps in loading and unloading of ammunition.
The gun system has undergone several rounds of testing and evaluation, including trials in the harsh weather conditions of the Himalayas. It has been found to be highly accurate and reliable, with a high rate of fire.
The procurement of the ATAGS is a significant boost for the Indian Army, which has been looking to modernise its artillery capabilities. The acquisition of the gun system is expected to enhance the Army’s firepower and operational capabilities, and help it meet the challenges of modern warfare.
The ATAGS is also a significant achievement for the Indian defence industry, which has been striving to develop indigenous defence capabilities. The success of the project is expected to pave the way for more indigenous defence projects in the future.