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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

India’s much-delayed project for indigenous Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) that commenced last round of user trials in April this year has completed all pending trials which will pave the way for orders to be placed by the Indian Army.

ATAGS already had cleared the mobility trials but faced issues with the auto ammunition loading bridge opening operation but most of the technical issues now have been resolved and the gun performed as expected. ATAGS Trials were monitored by a team of officials from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) along with two private companies Bharat Forge and Tata Power SED officials with Army personals.

ATAGS is considered to be one of the most advanced and the first gun in the world which can fire BMCS zone 7 and as a record of sorts in the 155 mm family, this gun has achieved a firing range of 48 km. Indian Army is likely to place orders for the Gun by end of this year or early next year and the complete order for initial first lot of 150 modern ATAGS guns is likely to be completed by 2026.

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