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The Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), a division of India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), is working on the development of a lighter variant of the Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS). This new 155 mm x 52 calibre howitzer gun aims to meet the Indian Army’s requirements for next-generation Towed Gun Systems (TGS) by adhering to a weight limit of under 15 tons, as stipulated in the army’s tender.

The ATAGS, known for its advanced capabilities and firepower, has garnered attention for its effectiveness on the battlefield. However, its weight of around 18 tons posed a challenge for mobility and deployment, prompting the development of a lighter variant to address the army’s specific requirements.

The new variant of the ATAGS will incorporate state-of-the-art upgrades and features aimed at enhancing its performance and versatility. By reducing the weight while maintaining firepower and reliability, DRDO aims to deliver a Towed Gun System that meets the army’s operational needs and ensures rapid deployment in various terrain conditions.

The Indian Army’s initial order for 400 units of next-generation Towed Gun Systems underscores the importance of modernizing artillery capabilities to meet evolving security challenges. While the army plans to procure 307 units of the ATAGS, the weight constraints necessitate the development of a lighter variant to fulfil the remaining orders and future requirements.

Furthermore, the long-term vision for Towed Gun Systems suggests an expansion of orders to 1200 units, indicating significant opportunities for domestic defence manufacturers. Competition from other contenders, such as the Adani-Elbit ATMOS howitzer guns, underscores the competitive landscape in defence procurement and the importance of delivering technologically advanced solutions.

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