Indigenous Artillery Gun trials to enter next stage by June

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Mains Paper 3: Science & Technology | Indigenization of technology & developing new technology

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Prelims level: ATAGS

Mains level: Army’s need for new types of equipment and their development in India


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  • The development of the indigenously-designed heavy artillery gun, the Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS), has advanced to a stage where user-assisted trials of the gun are likely to start by June.

Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS)

  1. The ATAGS is a 155mm, 52 calibre gun being developed by the DRDO on two parallel tracks: one prototype is being built in partnership with Tata Power (Strategic Engineering Division), and the other is in collaboration with Bharat Forge.
  2. The gun currently weighs about 18 tonnes while the ideal weight for the army would be 14-15 tonnes.
  3. The gun has several significant features including an all-electric drive, high mobility, quick deployability, auxiliary power mode, advanced communications system, automated command and control system.
  4. It also sports a six-round magazine instead of the standard three-round magazine.
  5. This necessitates a larger chamber and is a major factor pushing up the overall weight of the system.
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