The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Saturday cleared procurement of 150 indigenously designed and developed 155 mm Advance Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) for the Indian Army at an approximate cost of Rs 3,364.78 crore.

A statement made by DAC said, “These guns have been indigenously designed & developed by the DRDO and will be manufactured by production agencies, as nominated by the DRDO. They are likely to be the mainstay of artillery in the near future. A nod to these major schemes will provide a fillip to the ‘Make in India’ push by the government, help create self-reliance in defense manufacturing, and make the defense industry a major engine of India’s economic growth,” the statement said.

ATAGS will be manufactured by Tata and Bharat Forge but at first, 12 Guns will be made and depending on the quality of this pre-production ATAGS, Army and DRDO will decide how much order to be placed with each production agencies. Indian Army is looking to procure over 1500 ATAGS in the long run.

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