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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Kalyani Strategic Systems Limited (KSSL), a subsidiary of the renowned engineering company Bharat Forge, recently unveiled a remarkable display of cutting-edge artillery systems at a special event held at its factory premises. The event showcased at least four newly built Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) 155 mm/52 calibre howitzers. This significant development has sparked intrigue and speculation, particularly in connection with potential exports to the Armenian Army.

The event was graced by the presence of Baba Kalyani, the Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Forge, underscoring the importance of the occasion. The unveiling of the advanced artillery systems reflects KSSL’s dedication to technological innovation and strategic prowess, further bolstering India’s position in the global defence market.

Of particular interest is the uncanny resemblance of the Military Camouflage seen on the ATAGS to that utilized by the Armenian Army. While Bharat Forge has not officially confirmed the destination of the newly unveiled ATAGS, speculation has intensified due to Armenia’s reported order of $155 million placed with KSSL last year. According to the terms of the agreement, the arms are scheduled to be exported within three years. The timing and uncanny visual similarity have sparked discussions about the possibility of these newly showcased ATAGS being destined for Armenia.

The ATAGS is a state-of-the-art towed artillery system that combines cutting-edge technology, precision engineering, and advanced firepower capabilities. Its 155 mm/52 calibre howitzer design enhances the Indian Army’s artillery capabilities, offering enhanced range, accuracy, and mobility. If indeed part of the Armenian deal, this export would mark a significant step for India in establishing itself as a reliable supplier of advanced defence equipment to international partners.

The video presentation also unveiled other impressive artillery systems, including the MArG 155×39 and Garuda 105mm mounted guns, both adorned in new camouflage patterns.

While speculations have centred on the potential export of ATAGS and possibly other artillery systems to Armenia, some sources have also suggested that Armenia might have procured Truck-mounted MArG 155×39 calibre howitzers. However, specific details regarding the procurement of 4×4 mounted Garuda 105mm guns remain unclear.

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