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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

ATAGS KALYANI (left) VS ATAGS TATA (right)

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Chairman G. Satheesh Reddy speaking to the media has said that the indigenously developed 155 mm/52-calibre Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) for the Indian Army has completed all major trials and it is ready to enter production after Indian Army selects the best gun.

Private Firms Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) and Bharat Forge have developed two different variants of the ATAGS based on the design developed by the DRDO and both guns have been tested extensively and meet the Preliminary Service Quality Requirements (PSQR) set by the Indian Army.

Earlier this year PSQR trials were held at its Pokhran field firing ranges in Rajasthan, northern India where ATAGS successfully proved the reliability and performance of the gun system. Request for proposal (RFP) is likely will be issued by end of this year and it finally will be clear which version of the gun will enter production.

TASL and Bharat Forge both will be production partners of the ATAGS guns, but a large chunk of the order will go to the ATAGS version that is cleared by the Indian Army for production while the other firm will be a Junior Partner in the program to supply some of the components and also manufacture ATAGS version that was cleared by the Army.

Indian Army is looking to induct an initial batch of 150 ATAGS at an estimated cost of Rs 3,365 crore that will be split between Tata and Bharat Forge. Army has a long-term requirement for 1,580 such guns.

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